There's a great article on speech processors--it's a little technical but shouldn't
be too bad for anyone with a college education and some knowledge of the auditory
system. It gives some basic info on what the speech processors are "doing." The
article is entitled "Speech Processors for Cochear Prostheses" and was written by
Blake Wilson, Charles Finley, Dewey Lawson, and Robert Wolford and can be found in
the Sept. 1988 Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 76, #9.
Another article written by Rich Tyler, Jane Opie, Holly Fryauf-Bertschy, and Bruce
Gantz entitled "Future Directions for Cochlear Implants" might be useful. It sort
of summarizes research findings in implant users and talks about directions that may
be explored in the future for implant research and implant users. The article
appears in the Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, vol. 16, #2, in
June, 1992. Again, there are some aspects that would be difficult to understand for
the non-audiologist but overall the reading difficulty isn't bad.
I work as a research assistant with the electrophyz/psychophyz group at the Univ. of
Iowa with the cochlear implant project part-time and am doing my CFY part time at
the same place.
Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
smoore at otolaryngology-po.oto.uiowa.edu