Category: Implantable Hearing Devices (IHD)
This pilot study investigated the combined effect of noise and reverberation on word and phoneme recognition ability. Adults with bimodal cochlear implant (CI), bilateral CIs, and normal hearing (NH) listened to monosyllabic words in quiet and five noise conditions, in five reverberant environments. Recognition percent correct scores were significantly poorer for CI users than NH listeners, poorest for bimodal group, and decreased as SNR decreased and reverberation time increased. A significant effect occurred at multiple noise and reverberation combined conditions.