The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America vol:116 issue:6 pages:3606-3619
The effect of the filter bank on fundamental frequency (F0) discrimination was examined in four Nucleus CI24 cochlear implant subjects for synthetic stylized vowel-like stimuli. The four tested filter banks differed in cutoff frequencies, amount of overlap between filters, and shape of the filters. To assess the effects of temporal pitch cues on F0 discrimination, temporal fluctuations were removed above 10 Hz in one condition and above 200 Hz in another. Results indicate that F0 discrimination based upon place pitch cues is possible, but just-noticeable differences exceed 1 octave or more depending on the filter bank used. Increasing the frequency resolution in the F0 range improves the F0 discrimination based upon place pitch cues. The results of F0 discrimination based upon place pitch agree with a model that compares the centroids of the electrical excitation pattern. The addition of temporal fluctuations up to 200 Hz significantly improves F0 discrimination. Just-noticeable differences using both place and temporal pitch cues range from 6% to 60%. Filter banks that do not resolve the higher harmonics provided the best temporal pitch cues, because temporal pitch cues are clearest when the fluctuation on all channels is at F0 and preferably in phase.