Fundamental-frequency discrimination based on temporal-envelope cues: Effects of bandwidth and interference

Anahita H. Mehta, Andrew J. Oxenham

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Both music and speech perception rely on hearing out one pitch in the presence of others. Pitch discrimination of narrowband sounds based only on temporal-envelope cues is rendered nearly impossible by introducing interferers in both normal-hearing listeners and cochlear-implant (CI) users. This study tested whether performance improves in normal-hearing listeners if the target is presented over a broad spectral region. The results indicate that performance is still strongly affected by spectrally remote interferers, despite increases in bandwidth, suggesting that envelope-based pitch is unlikely to allow CI users to perceive pitch when multiple harmonic sounds are presented at once.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL423-EL428
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NIH grant R01 DC005216 (AJO).

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© 2018 Acoustical Society of America.


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