The benefit of directional processing and binaural listening in terms of speech intelligibility for frontal sound sources has been well documented in recent and past studies. Nevertheless, only the 20% of the situations in real life present a speaker located exactly in the frontal position. Different attempt have been done so far in order to allow, manually or automatically, a change in the directional pattern of the hearing aid, but the results of these studies are far from being satisfying. The purpose of this study is to explore the advantages brought by the asymmetric directional microphone configuration of hearing aids in terms of speech intelligibility for frontal, lateral and rear sound sources in noisy environments, and in terms of the quality of the "spatial perception" of the surrounding sound-scape. Through a 3D Ambisonic virtual environment manipulation, the presence of two microphones (the two hearing aids) is simulated in a noisy environment with a speech sound source. The listeners are presented with the signal recorded from the two simulated microphones, calibrated with symmetrical and asymmetrical directional patterns, and played through a pair of headphones. The speech intelligibility is measured for all the directional microphones configurations and for all the speech sound source positions.
|Titolo:||Speech intelligibility in virtual environments simulating an asymmetric directional microphone configuration|
|Autori interni:||VERCELLESI, GIANCARLO (Ultimo)|
|Parole Chiave:||hearing aids, speech intelligibility, symmetrical directional patterns, asymmetrical directional patterns, 3D ambisonic virtual environment, sorrounding|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Enti collegati al convegno:||the Acoustical Society of America, ASA|
the European Acoustics Association, EAA
the Société Française d’Acoustique, SFA
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|
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