We describe the word recognition ability of 50 patients who use the multichannel cochlear implant manufactured by Symbion, Inc. The median scores for open set tests involving auditory stimulation alone were: 14% correct (range 0 to 60) for monosyllabic words, 44% correct (range 0 to 100) for spondees, and 45% correct (range 0 to 100) for words in the Everyday CID Sentences. In the visual stimulation condition of the Everyday CID Sentences, the median score was 64% correct (range 0 to 100). In the visual plus auditory stimulation condition, the median score was 99% correct (range 46 to 100). These results demonstrate that relatively good speech understanding can be achieved using a cochlear implant which employs only a few channels of stimulation and which simultaneously activates monopolar electrodes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Speech and Hearing