Speech enhancement using binary estimator selection applied to hearing aids with a remote microphone

Vasudha Sathyapriyan, Michael Syskind Pedersen, Mike Brookes, Jan Østergaard, Patrick Naylor, Jesper Jensen

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Abstract

This paper introduces a speech enhancement algorithm for hearing assistive devices, e.g., hearing aids, connected to a remote microphone. Remote microphones are especially beneficial to hearing aid users when they are present in environments with low signal-to-noise ratios. The transmission of the acoustic data from the remote microphone to the hearing aid unit, however, happens through a wireless channel that is prone to network delays. Such delays, that occur in any real-world application, make the remote microphone signal less valuable, in contrast to when the transmission is assumed to be error-free and instantaneous, as is often done in the literature. To make use of the remote microphone signal, despite the delay, we propose an estimator selection method that selects between the minimum mean-square error estimate of the desired signal, made using the hearing aid signals and the delayed remote microphone signal, respectively. This binary selection is made by comparing the normalized mean-square errors of the two desired signal estimates. We show that the proposed method provides a benefit in estimated speech intelligibility, for delays in transmission up to 30 ms at a signal-to-noise ratio of 0 dB, in comparison to the minimum mean-square error estimate made using only the hearing aid microphone signals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 8th International Conference on Frontiers of Signal Processing (ICFSP 2023)
Number of pages5
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2023
Pages38-42
Article number10372902
ISBN (Print)979-8-3503-0880-8
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-3503-0879-2, 979-8-3503-0878-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 8th International Conference on Frontiers of Signal Processing (ICFSP) - Corfu, Greece
Duration: 23 Oct 202325 Oct 2023

Conference

Conference2023 8th International Conference on Frontiers of Signal Processing (ICFSP)
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityCorfu
Period23/10/202325/10/2023

Keywords

  • Wireless transmission delay
  • speech processing
  • multi-channel
  • hearing aids

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