Acoustic cochlear implant models incorporating electrical field interaction between neighboring electrodes

T.m. Choi, S. Y. Huang, Y. H. Lee

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Abstract

Cochlear implant (CI), which has been a commercial device for nearly thirty years, can provide opportunities for patients with severe to profound hearing impairment to regain hearing. Sound processed in the CI can be modeled by acoustic CI models on specific stimulating strategies. Speech processed by acoustic CI models was used to test normal hearing test subjects and can be a basis to evaluate the performance of various stimulating strategies. Unfortunately, there is still a significant performance difference between hearing test result based on acoustic CI model with normal hearing test subjects with hearing tests from CI patients. There are a number of explanations for this, but one important factor is that traditional acoustic models do not account for the electric field interaction between electrodes. For CI users, the electrical field interaction or current spread between electrodes distorts the speech and introduce noises. In order to model the electrical field interaction in the acoustic model, we proposed a new SPREAD model which is created by the activating function profile generated from a finite element model we developed. In previous SPREAD model, the current spread was fixed at a certain decay rate. In the proposed model, activating function and finite element model of a CI is introduced to improve the SPREAD matrix. The performance of the proposed SPREAD matrix with the acoustic CI model significantly improves its match with clinical CI data. This shows the acoustic CI model with the proposed SPREAD matrix can be a more accurate model to evaluate the performance of CI stimulating strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME 2013
EditorsJames Goh
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages160-163
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783319029122
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME 2013 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 4 Dec 20137 Dec 2013

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Volume43
ISSN (Print)1680-0737

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Biomedical Engineering, ICBME 2013
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period4/12/137/12/13

Keywords

  • Acoustic model
  • Activating function
  • Cochlear implant (CI)
  • Current spread
  • Electrical field interaction

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