October 1986

Speech Recognition for 40 Patients Receiving Multichannel Cochlear Implants

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia (Drs Dowell and Clark); the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne (Drs Dowell and Clark); and Cochlear Corporation, Englewood, Colo (Dr Mecklenburg).

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(10):1054-1059. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780100042005

• We collected data on 40 patients who received the Nucleus multichannel cochlear implant. Results were reviewed to determine if the coding strategy is effective in transmitting the intended speech features and to assess patient benefit in terms of communication skills. All patients demonstrated significant improvement over preoperative results with a hearing aid for both lipreading enhancement and speech recognition without lipreading. Of the patients, 50% demonstrated ability to understand connected discourse with auditory input only. For the 23 patients who were tested 12 months postoperatively, there was substantial improvement in open-set speech recognition.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:1054-1059)