The Voice Track multiband single-channel modified Wiener-filter noise reduction system for cochlear implants: patients' outcomes and subjective appraisal.

International journal of audiology

PubMedID: 27108635

Guevara N, Bozorg-Grayeli A, Bebear JP, Ardoint M, Saaï S, Gnansia D, Hoen M, Romanet P, Lavieille JP. The Voice Track multiband single-channel modified Wiener-filter noise reduction system for cochlear implants: patients' outcomes and subjective appraisal. Int J Audiol. 2016;1-8.
OBJECTIVE
The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential improvements of speech perception and sound quality provided by a multiband single channel noise-reduction algorithm based on the modified Wiener-filter adapted to cochlear implant sound processing.

DESIGN
This study was a longitudinal trial with a repeated-measures design. Outcome measures were performed on the first day when the noise reduction feature was provided and after a one month habituation period. Objective measures included pure-tone thresholds and vocal audiometry assessments. Speech perception was measured in quiet and in the presence of two types of noise: a stationary speech shaped noise and a two-talker cocktail noise. Subjective sound quality was assessed using a ten item questionnaire.

STUDY SAMPLE
Thirteen post-lingual deaf adults, experienced users of a cochlear implant system, took part in this study.

RESULTS
The noise-reduction algorithm provided a benefit for the perception of speech presented in a stationary speech shaped noise and an overall improvement in subjective sound quality ratings.

CONCLUSIONS
It was shown that a single channel noise reduction system based on a modified Wiener-filter approach can improve speech in noise perception performance and subjective sound quality in cochlear implant patients.