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A concept for a research tool for experiments with cochlear implant users.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11144586     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
APEX, an acronym for computer Application for Psycho-Electrical eXperiments, is a user friendly tool used to conduct psychophysical experiments and to investigate new speech coding algorithms with cochlear implant users. Most common psychophysical experiments can be easily programmed and all stimuli can be easily created without any knowledge of computer programing. The pulsatile stimuli are composed off-line using custom-made MATLAB (Registered trademark of The Mathworks, Inc., http://www.mathworks.com) functions and are stored on hard disk or CD ROM. These functions convert either a speech signal into a pulse sequence or generate any sequence of pulses based on the parameters specified by the experimenter. The APEX personal computer (PC) software reads a text file which specifies the experiment and the stimuli, controls the experiment, delivers the stimuli to the subject through a digital signal processor (DSP) board, collects the responses via a computer mouse or a graphics tablet, and writes the results to the same file. At present, the APEX system is implemented for the LAURA (Registered trademark of Philips Hearing Implants) cochlear implant. However, the concept-and many parts of the system-is portable to any other device. Also, psycho-acoustical experiments can be conducted by presenting the stimuli acoustically through a sound card.
Authors:
L Geurts; J Wouters
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  108     ISSN:  0001-4966     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2000 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-28     Completed Date:  2001-02-22     Revised Date:  2006-12-27    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2949-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Laboratoire Experimental ORL, KULeuven, Belgium. Luc.Geurts@uz.kuleuven.ac.be
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Cochlear Implants*
Humans
Microcomputers*
Psychoacoustics
Software*
Speech Discrimination Tests / instrumentation*
User-Computer Interface*

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