Cochlear implants (CIs) provide speech perception to individuals with severe-to-profound hearing loss, but the acoustic signal remains severely degraded. Although there has been a great deal of research investigating adutls' ability to understand such signals, we know far less about children's perception.  How well can young children understand degraded speech signals?  And what features do they rely on when interpreting these signals?  Understanding the answers to these questions could lead to the development of different cochlear-implant processing strategies for younger children.

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