5th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Rhodes, Greece
September 22-25, 1997

Multi-Microphone Sub-Band Adaptive Signal Processing for Improvement of Hearing Aid Performance

Paul W. Shields, Douglas R. Campbell

Department of Electronic Engineering and Physics, University of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

A scheme for binaural pre-processing of speech signals for input to a standard linear hearing aid has been proposed. The system is based on that of Toner & Campbell [1] who applied the Least Mean Squares (LMS) algorithm in sub-bands to speech signals from various acoustic environments and signal to noise ratios (SNR). The processing scheme attempts to take advantage of the multiple inputs to perform noise cancellation. The use of sub-bands enables a diverse processing mechanism to be employed, where the wide-band signal is split into smaller frequency limited sub-bands, which can subsequently be processed according to their signal characteristics. The results of a series of intelligibility tests are presented from experiments in which acoustic speech and noise data, generated in a simulated room was tested on hearing impaired volunteers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shields, Paul W. / Campbell, Douglas R. (1997): "Multi-microphone sub-band adaptive signal processing for improvement of hearing aid performance", In EUROSPEECH-1997, 1787-1790.