THE GOAL OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO DISCOVER A MORE EFFECTIVE SPEECH CODING TECHNIQUE FOR SINGLE-ELECTRODE COCHLEAR IMPLANT RECIPIENTS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$49,948.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
2896
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Scott Instruments Corpon
1111 Willow Springs Drive, Denton, TX, 76205
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 BRIAN L. SCOTT
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (817) 387-9514
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE GOAL OF THIS RESEARCH IS TO DISCOVER A MORE EFFECTIVE SPEECH CODING TECHNIQUE FOR SINGLE-ELECTRODE COCHLEAR IMPLANT RECIPIENTS. SUBJECTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AND ARE PRESENTLY WEARING 3M DEVICES. A BATTERY OPERATED PULSE GENERATOR HAS BEEN DEVELOPED AND TESTED AND WILL BE USED TO ACTIVATE THE ELECTRODE. A STANDARD TEST TAPE IS BEING PREPARED WITH SEVERAL MAC BATTERY SUBTESTS, A DIGIT RECOGNITION TEST AND A STRESS AND WORD RECOGNITION TEST. THE TAPE WILL TAKE ABOUT TWENTY MINUTES TO RUN. THE METHODOLOGY WILL CONSIST OF PROCESSING THE STANDARD TAPE OFF-LINE USING A VAX 11/750 AND GENERATING TEST TAPES WITH VARIOUS SCHEMES USING PULSATILE CODES. THE TEST TAPES WILL BE PLAYED FOR SUBJECTS USING A BATTERY OPERATED RECORDER ELECTRICALLY COUPLED TO THE STIMULATING UNIT AND COUPLED THROUGH A STANDARD COIL TO THE ELECTRODE. THE MAJOR ASSUMPTION BEHIND THE CODING TECHNIQUES IS THAT THE ELECTRODE MUST BE DRIVEN PITCH SYNCHRONOUSLY FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE. THE HYPOTHESIS TO BE TESTED IS THAT VOICE PITCH WILL BE CONVEYED THROUGH THE ELECTRODE BY THE REPETITION RATE OF CLUSTERS OF PULSES AND TIMBRE CAN BE VARIED BY MODIFYING THE CHARACTERISTICS AND NUMBER OF PULSES WITHIN THE CLUSTERS.

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