Modeled auditory nerve responses to amplitude modulated cochlear implant stimulation
Cochlear implants encode speech information by stimulating the auditory nerve with amplitude-modulated pulse trains. A computer model of the auditory nerve's response to electrical stimulation can be used to evaluate different approaches to improving CI patients' perception. In this paper a computationally efficient stochastic and adaptive auditory nerve model was used to investigate full nerve responses to amplitude-modulated electrical pulse trains. The model was validated for nerve responses to AM pulse trains via comparison with animal data. The influence of different parameters, such as adaptation and stochasticity, on long-term adaptation and modulation-following behavior was investigated. Responses to pulse trains with different pulse amplitudes, amplitude modulation frequencies, and modulation depths were modeled. Rate responses as well as period histograms, Vector Strength and the fundamental frequency were characterized in different time bins. The response alterations, including frequency following behavior, observed over the stimulus duration were similar to those seen in animal experiments. The tested model can be used to predict complete nerve responses to arbitrary input, and thus to different sound coding strategies.