vocalization & speech

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Vocalizations & Speech

One of the key functions of the human auditory system is of course to allow us to exchange ideas through speech. Human speech seems to be unique in its sophistication, but many animals use vocal communication to a greater or lesser extent. Chapter 4 of "Auditory Neuroscience" looks at the encoding and processing of vocalizations, and speech sounds in the central nervous system. The following pages provide supplementary material on this topic.

What do cochlear implants sound like? - 1: speech

Noise vocoded speech is sometimes used to simulate what speech would sound like through a cochlear implant. These sound files give an example of normal (well, fairly normal, British) English speech, and the same speech passed through an 8 channel vocoder. The speech is somewhat "rough", but comprehensible with some practice, at least if there is not too much other background noise.

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