Using hearing aid directional microphones and noise reduction algorithms to enhance cochlear implant performance
- Author(s): Chung, K
- Zeng, F G
- Waltzman, S
- et al.
Hearing aids and cochlear implants are two major hearing enhancement technologies but yet share little in research and development. The purpose of this study was to determine whether hearing aid directional microphones and noise reduction technologies could enhance cochlear implant users' speech understanding and ease of listening. Digital hearing aids serving as preprocessors were programmed to omni-directional microphone, directional microphone, and directional microphone plus noise reduction conditions. Three groups of subjects were tested with the hearing aid processed speech stimuli. Results indicated that hearing aids with directional microphones and noise reduction algorithms significantly enhanced speech understanding and listening comfort. (C) 2004 Acoustical Society of America.