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Model-based objective assessment of noise reduction systems for hearing aids

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: Kollmeier, B.; Huber, R.; Rohdenburg, T.; Beutelmann, R.; Hohmann, V.

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Journal of the Acoustical Society of America : JASA 123 (2008), No.5, pp.3166
ISSN: 0001-4966
ISSN: 1520-8524
English
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Full text: Since the ultimative goal of hearing-aid development is the (subjective) judgment of the individual hearing-impaired listener, time-consuming tests with the end user are indispensable. However, time- and effort-saving objective methods to assess the potential benefit of different versions and parameter sets of hearing aid algorithms are gaining importance. This contribution reviews perception-model-based approaches to predict the hearing-impaired judgement and speech reception performance achieved with various noise reduction schemes. The perceptual similarity measure PSM evaluates the similarity between a tested condition and an "ideal" reference condition not on the physical level, but rather on the perceptual level at the output of a perception model for the individual hearing-impaired listener. The binaural extention of the SII approach uses a binaural preprocessing stage followed by a speech intelligibility index (SII)- based prediction scheme capable of predicting the relative benefit of binaural signal presentation and signal enhancement in complex spatial signal and noise source configurations. Both model-based schemes can be combined to assess the effect of noise reduction algorithms (such as adaptive beamformers) and to optimize their respective performance for different acoustical situations.

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