We refer to channels of communication which link the user to various electronic appliances and computers as cognitive communication channels. One especially interesting research topic related to cognitive communication channels deals with a special application called sensory substitution, when information is conveyed through a channel other than the one that is normally used. Sensory substitution can have benefits when designing user interfaces both in terms of cost-effectiveness, as well as the prevention of channel overloading. In this paper, we propose a unified approach to study the relationship between physical parameters and coding parameters that can be used to convey control information through auditory cognitive channels. The foundations for a representation which allows for the automated pairing of physical parameters to cognitive channels are also presented.