Both music and speech perception rely on hearing out one pitch in the presence of others. Pitch discrimination of narrowband sounds based only on temporal-envelope cues is rendered nearly impossible by introducing interferers in both normal-hearing listeners and cochlear-implant (CI) users. This study tested whether performance improves in normal-hearing listeners if the target is presented over a broad spectral region. The results indicate that performance is still strongly affected by spectrally remote interferers, despite increases in bandwidth, suggesting that envelope-based pitch is unlikely to allow CI users to perceive pitch when multiple harmonic sounds are presented at once.
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This work was supported by NIH grant R01 DC005216 (AJO).