Model-based fitting of compression settings using narrowband stimuli

Borys Kowalewski, Michal Fereczkowski, Ewen MacDonald, Olaf Strelcyk, Torsten Dau

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Abstract

Most state-of-the-art hearing aids apply multi-channel dynamic-range compression (DRC). Studies using speech intelligibility as an outcome measure have shown mixed results in terms of the benefits of compression over linear amplification (e.g. Davies-Venn et al. 2009; Goedegebure et al. 2001, 2002; Kates 2010; Olsen et al. 20005; Souza et al. 1999, 2012; Yund and Buckles 1995a,b). Compression provides increased audibility of speech components, but at the same time introduces distortion of
spectral and temporal envelopes of speech. The two effects may offset each other, depending on what cues the individual hearing-impaired listeners rely on. Therefore, it is difficult to disentangle them when speech recognition is used as an outcome measure. Edwards (2002) suggested using a set of relatively simple outcome measures, based on narrowband signals, for the evaluation of hearing-aid signal processing. We present a compression design that has been optimized, within the framework of a computational model, for improving the performance of (aided) hearing impaired listeners in temporal and spectral resolution-related tasks
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Hearing Aid Conference 2016 - Granlibakken Conference Center, Tahoe, CA, United States
Duration: 10 Aug 201614 Aug 2016

Conference

ConferenceInternational Hearing Aid Conference 2016
LocationGranlibakken Conference Center
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityTahoe, CA
Period10/08/201614/08/2016

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