Patterns of phoneme perception errors by listeners with cochlear implants as a function of overall speech perception ability

Benjamin Munson, Gail S. Donaldson, Shanna L. Allen, Elizabeth A. Collison, David A. Nelson

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Abstract

Many studies have noted great variability in speech perception ability among postlingually deafened adults with cochlear implants. This study examined phoneme misperceptions for 30 cochlear implant listeners using either the Nucleus-22 or Clarion version 1.2 device to examine whether listeners with better overall speech perception differed qualitatively from poorer listeners in their perception of vowel and consonant features. In the first analysis, simple regressions were used to predict the mean percent-correct scores for consonants and vowels for the better group of listeners from those of the poorer group. A strong relationship between the two groups was found for consonant identification, and a weak, nonsignificant relationship was found for vowel identification. In the second analysis, it was found that less information was transmitted for consonant and vowel features to the poorer listeners than to the better listeners; however, the pattern of information transmission was similar across groups. Taken together, results suggest that the performance difference between the two groups is primarily quantitative. The results underscore the importance of examining individuals' perception of individual phoneme features when attempting to relate speech perception to other predictor variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-935
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume113
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

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