DEMO: multimodal sensing system for hearing enhancement and research

Jose Manuel Francisco Guerreiro, Yansheng Zhang, Cecilia Casarini, James Windmill

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Abstract

Directivity in hearing aid systems is normally achieved with the use of multiple microphones in an array fashion that aims to enhance signal processing capabilities and performance. Despite the use of binaural information (hearing with two ears), natural hearing systems (e.g. human) also rely on movements of the head to retrieve directional information and the origin of sounds [1]. This kind of natural sensing technique, which combines sound with the movements and position of the body (Fig. 1 & 2) has previously been investigated, and showed encouraging results with improved localization performance [2]. However, the concept has not been explored or exploited yet in any standard commercial hearing aid devices. Creating a hearing aid system that can also include motion sensing would be of great benefit to the hearing impaired in order to enhance directional perception of sound with other functionalities such as frequency selectivity (Fig. 3 & 4) on a wearable hearing device.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017
EventIEEE SENSORS 2017 - Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Oct 20171 Nov 2017
http://www.ieee-sensors2017.org

Conference

ConferenceIEEE SENSORS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period29/10/171/11/17
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Keywords

  • hearing aid systems
  • hearing aids
  • wearable hearing device

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