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Re: [AUDITORY] How to speak to people about hearing loss and more

An approach that we have taken in several hearing conservation projects has been to demonstrate the effects of hearing damage using a hearing-loss (and tinnitus) simulator. The idea is to deliver the message through direct experience rather than (or in addition to) talking about decibels and hair cells. Here (http://www.sens.com/pyh/index.htm) is a short video that illustrates that approach. The video played on a kiosk at a AAA meeting a few years ago, and was aimed at middle- and high-school students who were invited to the meeting to see hearing-related demos.

Pat Zurek

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On 10/16/2013 11:21 AM, Sarah Hargus Ferguson wrote:
I teach the Cochlear Implants class at my university and so have occasion to stay "up" on this; 8 channels is still what typical CI users are getting. Basically a CI is a string of electrodes floating in a electrolyte solution, and so the current spread is significant no matter the number or spacing of the electrodes or even how close to the modiolus the array is placed.

Sarah Hargus Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-A
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Utah

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On 14 Oct 2013 at 15:04, Kevin Austin wrote:

The new [sic] generation is in the middle of this "plague of silence".


what do they sound like?



There may be examples of 128 and 256 channel reconstruction somewhere
out there. Consider that 256 channels only yields about 1/3 semitone
bandwidth, probably ok for speech and autotuned music.

My understanding (which may be a few years out of date) is
that cochlear implants rarely get more than 8 or so useful
channels in actual patients, no matter how many channels
there are on the prosthesis itself.  Partly this has to do
with insertion and positioning issues, but mostly it's due
to the fact that the closer the electrodes are spaced, the
closer they have to be to their targets in order to be
separately resolved... and you just can't get all that

Best regards,

Bob Masta
Data AcQuisition And Real-Time Analysis
Scope, Spectrum, Spectrogram, Signal Generator
     Science with your sound card!