Speech recognition as a function of the number of channels for pediatric cochlear implant recipients.


This study investigated the number of channels required for asymptotic speech recognition for ten pediatric cochlear implant (CI) recipients with precurved electrode arrays. Programs with 4-22 active electrodes were used to assess word and sentence recognition in noise. Children demonstrated significant performance gains up to 12 electrodes for continuous interleaved sampling (CIS) and up to 22 channels with 16 maxima. These data are consistent with the latest adult CI studies demonstrating that modern CI recipients have access to more than 8 independent channels and that both adults and children exhibit performance gains up to 22 channels.