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Zhuge, Huimin; Wang, Lei; Chen, Fei; Zheng, Dingchang (2016)
Languages: English
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Given the fact that most hearing-impaired listeners have low-frequency residual hearing, the present work assessed the effect of applying commonly-used singlechannel noise-reduction (NR) algorithms to improve the intelligibility of low-pass filtered speech, which simulates the effect of understanding speech with low-frequency residual hearing of hearing-impaired patients. In addition, this study was performed with Mandarin speech, which is characterized by its significant contribution of information present in (low-frequency dominated) vowels to speech intelligibility. Mandarin sentences were corrupted by steady-state speech-shaped noise and processed by four types (i.e., subspace, statistical-modeling, spectral-subtractive, and Wiener-filtering) of single-channel NR algorithms. The processed sentences were played to normal-hearing listeners for recognition. Experimental results showed that existing single-channel NR algorithms were unable to improve the intelligibility of low-pass filtered Mandarin sentences. Wiener-filtering had the least negative influence to the intelligibility of low-pass filtered speech among the four types of single-channel NR algorithms examined.
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