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Enhancement of interaural level differences improves sound localization in bimodal hearing.
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PMID:  22087910     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Users of a cochlear implant together with a contralateral hearing aid-so-called bimodal listeners-have difficulties with localizing sound sources. This is mainly due to the distortion of interaural time and level difference cues (ITD and ILD), and limited ITD sensitivity. An algorithm is presented that enhances ILD cues. Horizontal plane sound-source localization performance of six bimodal listeners was evaluated in (1) a real sound field with their clinical devices, (2) in a virtual sound field, under direct computer control, and (3) in a virtual sound field with ILD enhancement. The results in the real sound field did not differ significantly from the results in the virtual field, and ILD enhancement improved localization performance by 4°-10° absolute error, relative to a mean absolute error of 28° in the condition without ILD enhancement.
Tom Francart; Anneke Lenssen; Jan Wouters
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  130     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2817     Citation Subset:  IM    
ExpORL, Department of Neurosciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, O & N 2, Herestraat 49 bus 721, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium.
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