Phenomenological model of auditory nerve population responses to cochlear implant stimulation
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BACKGROUND: Models of auditory nerve fiber (ANF) responses to electrical stimulation are helpful to develop advanced coding for cochlear implants (CIs). A phenomenological model of ANF population responses to CI electrical stimulation with a lower computational complexity compared to a biophysical model would be beneficial to evaluate new CI coding strategies. NEW METHOD: This study presents a phenomenological model which combines four temporal characteristics of ANFs (refractoriness, facilitation, accommodation and spike rate adaptation) in addition to a spatial spread of the electric field. RESULTS: The model predicts the performances of CI subjects in the melodic contour identification (MCI) experiment. The simulations for the MCI experiment were consistent with CI recipients' experimental outcomes that were not predictable from the electrical stimulation patterns themselves. COMPARISON WITH EXISTING METHODS: Previously, no phenomenological population model of ANFs has combined all four aforementioned temporal phenomena. CONCLUSIONS: The proposed model would help the further investigations of ANFs responses to different electrical stimulation patterns and comparison of different sound coding strategies in CIs.
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