The use of cochlear's SCAN and wireless microphones to improve speech understanding in noise with the Nucleus6® CP900 processor

Geert De Ceulaer, David Pascoal, Filiep Vanpoucke, Paul J. Govaerts*

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Abstract

Objectives: The newest Nucleus CI processor, the CP900, has two new options to improve speech-in-noise perception: (1) use of an adaptive directional microphone (SCAN mode) and (2) wireless connection to MiniMic1 and MiniMic2 wireless remote microphones. Design: An analysis was made of the absolute and relative benefits of these technologies in a real-world mimicking test situation. Speech perception was tested using an adaptive speech-in-noise test (sentences-in-babble noise). In session A, SRTs were measured in three conditions: (1) Clinical Map, (2) SCAN and (3) MiniMic1. Each was assessed for three distances between speakers and CI recipient: 1 m, 2 m and 3 m. In session B, the benefit of the use of MiniMic2 was compared to benefit of MiniMic1 at 3 m. Study sample: A group of 13 adult CP900 recipients participated. Results: SCAN and MiniMic1 improved performance compared to the standard microphone with a median improvement in SRT of 2.7–3.9 dB for SCAN at 1 m and 3 m, respectively, and 4.7–10.9 dB for the MiniMic1. MiniMic1 improvements were significant. MiniMic2 showed an improvement in SRT of 22.2 dB compared to 10.0 dB for MiniMic1 (3 m). Conclusions: Digital wireless transmission systems (i.e. MiniMic) offer a statistically and clinically significant improvement in speech perception in challenging, realistic listening conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)837-843
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Volume56
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • assistive listening devices
  • Cochlear implant
  • directional microphone
  • noise
  • speech perception
  • wireless

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