An efficient robust sound classification algorithm for hearing aids
2004 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 115, no 6, 3033-3041 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
An efficient robust sound classification algorithm based on hidden Markov models is presented. The system would enable a hearing aid to automatically change its behavior for differing listening environments according to the user's preferences. This work attempts to distinguish between three listening environment categories: speech in traffic noise, speech in babble, and clean speech, regardless of the signal-to-noise ratio. The classifier uses only the modulation characteristics of the signal. The classifier ignores the absolute sound pressure level and the absolute spectrum shape, resulting in an algorithm that is robust against irrelevant acoustic variations. The measured classification hit rate was 96.7%-99.5% when the classifier was tested with sounds representing one of the three environment categories included in the classifier. False-alarm rates were 0.2%-1.7% in these tests. The algorithm is robust and efficient and consumes a small amount of instructions and memory. It is fully possible to implement-the classifier in a DSP-based hearing instrument.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 115, no 6, 3033-3041 p.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-13337DOI: 10.1121/1.1710877ISI: 000222153500035ScopusID: 2-s2.0-2942665634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-13337DiVA: diva2:324126
QC 201006142010-06-142010-06-112011-10-26Bibliographically approved