Speech recognition in cochlear implant recipients: Comparison of standard HiRes and HiRes 120 sound processing

Jill B. Firszt, Laura K. Holden, Ruth M. Reeder, Margaret W. Skinner

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OBJECTIVE: HiRes (HR) 120 is a sound-processing strategy purported to offer an increase in the precision of frequency-to-place mapping through the use of current steering. This within-subject study was designed to compare speech recognition as well as music and sound quality ratings for HR and HR 120 processing. SETTING: Cochlear implant/tertiary referral center. SUBJECTS: Eight postlinguistically deafened adults implanted with an Advanced Bionics CII or HR 90K cochlear implant. STUDY DESIGN/MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Performance with HR and HR 120 was assessed during 4 test sessions with a battery of measures including monosyllabic words, sentences in quiet and in noise, and ratings of sound quality and musical passages. RESULTS: Compared with HR, speech recognition results in adult cochlear implant recipients revealed small but significant improvements with HR 120 for single syllable words and for 2 of 3 sentence recognition measures in noise. Both easy and more difficult sentence material presented in quiet were not significantly different between strategies. Additionally, music quality ratings were significantly better for HR 120 than for HR, and 7 of 8 subjects preferred HR 120 over HR for listening in everyday life. CONCLUSION: HR 120 may offer equivalent or improved benefit to patients compared with HR. Differences in performance on test measures between strategies are dependent on speech recognition materials and listening conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-152
Number of pages7
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009


  • Cochlear implant
  • Current steering
  • Sound processing
  • Speech recognition

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