Comparing Rapid and Traditional Forward-Masked Spatial Tuning Curves in Cochlear-Implant Users

Heather A. Kreft, Lindsay A. DeVries, Julie G. Arenberg, Andrew J. Oxenham

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A rapid forward-masked spatial tuning curve measurement procedure, based on Bekesy tracking, was adapted and evaluated for use with cochlear implants. Twelve postlingually-deafened adult cochlear-implant users participated. Spatial tuning curves using the new procedure and using a traditional forced-choice adaptive procedure resulted in similar estimates of parameters. The Bekesy-tracking method was almost 3 times faster than the forced-choice procedure, but its test–retest reliability was significantly poorer. Although too time-consuming for general clinical use, the new method may have some benefits in individual cases, where identifying electrodes with poor spatial selectivity as candidates for deactivation is deemed necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalTrends in Hearing
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Bekesy tracking
  • cochlear implant
  • frequency selectivity
  • spatial tuning

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

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