This new paper shows that spectral resolution improves with age for normal hearing children (green dots/line), but not with children with cochlear implants (blue dots/line). Furthermore, adults with cochlear implants (that lost their hearing after developing language; blue box plot) have better than spectral resolution than children with cochlear implants. As children with cochlear implants can perform very well, the data suggests that children and adults with cochlear implants may differently weight cues. If so, this would suggest that implanted children may benefit from different cochlear implant processing strategies than adults.
This paper is the first pediatric paper out of the EAR Lab as well as our first from our collaboration with Laurie Eisenberg and Amy Martinez at the University of Southern California.
Landsberger, D. M., Padilla, M., Martinez, A. S., and Eisenberg, L. S. (2017). "Spectral-Temporal Modulated Ripple Discrimination by Children With Cochlear Implants," Ear Hear. pdf
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