Sound Source Localization for Hearing Aid Applications using Wireless Microphones

Mojtaba Farmani, M. S. Pedersen, Jesper Jensen

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Abstract

State-of-the-art hearing AIDS (HAs) can connect to a wireless microphone worn by a talker of interest.This ability allows HAs to have access to almost noise-free sound signals of the target talker.In this paper, we aim to estimate the direction of arrival (DoA) of the target signal,given access to the noise-free target signal. Knowing the DoA of the target signal enables HAs to spatialize the wirelessly received target signals.The proposed estimator is based on a maximum likelihood (ML) approach and a database of DoA-dependent relative transfer functions (RTFs),and it supports both monaural and binaural microphone array configurations. For binaural configurations,we propose an information fusion strategy, which decreases the number of parameters required to be wirelessly transferred between the HAs. Further, we show that the proposed method not only has lower computational complexity,but also performs better than recent DoA estimators, which have access to the noise-free target signal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM)
Number of pages5
Volume2018-July
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2018
Pages455-459
Article number8448967
ISBN (Print)9781538647523
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-4752-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

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Conference2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM)
LocationSheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, United Kingdom
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySheffield
Period08/07/201811/07/2018
SeriesI E E E Workshop on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing
ISSN1551-2282

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Hearing aids
Direction of arrival
Audition
Microphones
Acoustic waves
Information fusion
Acoustic noise
Maximum likelihood
Transfer functions
Computational complexity

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Farmani, M., Pedersen, M. S., & Jensen, J. (2018). Sound Source Localization for Hearing Aid Applications using Wireless Microphones. In 2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM) (Vol. 2018-July, pp. 455-459). [8448967] IEEE. I E E E Workshop on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing https://doi.org/10.1109/SAM.2018.8448967
Farmani, Mojtaba ; Pedersen, M. S. ; Jensen, Jesper. / Sound Source Localization for Hearing Aid Applications using Wireless Microphones. 2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM). Vol. 2018-July IEEE, 2018. pp. 455-459 (I E E E Workshop on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing).
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Farmani, M, Pedersen, MS & Jensen, J 2018, Sound Source Localization for Hearing Aid Applications using Wireless Microphones. in 2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM). vol. 2018-July, 8448967, IEEE, I E E E Workshop on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing, pp. 455-459, 2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM), Sheffield, United Kingdom, 08/07/2018. https://doi.org/10.1109/SAM.2018.8448967

Sound Source Localization for Hearing Aid Applications using Wireless Microphones. / Farmani, Mojtaba; Pedersen, M. S.; Jensen, Jesper.

2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM). Vol. 2018-July IEEE, 2018. p. 455-459 8448967.

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Farmani M, Pedersen MS, Jensen J. Sound Source Localization for Hearing Aid Applications using Wireless Microphones. In 2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM). Vol. 2018-July. IEEE. 2018. p. 455-459. 8448967. (I E E E Workshop on Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing). https://doi.org/10.1109/SAM.2018.8448967