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OBJECTIVES The effectiveness of hearing protection devices (HPDs), when used in workplace conditions, has been shown over the years to be usually lower than the labeled values obtained under well-controlled laboratory conditions. Causes for such discrepancies have been listed and discussed by many authors. This study is an attempt to understand the issues(More)
This paper presents a study on the effect of an intra-aural Audio Wearable Device (AWD) on sound source localization. The AWD used in this study is equipped with a miniature outer-ear microphone, a miniature digital signal processor and a miniature internal loudspeaker in addition to other electronics. It is aimed for audio augmented reality applications,(More)
Models for acoustic transducers, such as loudspeakers, mastoid bone-drivers, hearing-aid receivers, etc., are critical elements in many acoustic applications. Acoustic transducers employ two-port models to convert between acoustic and electromagnetic signals. This study analyzes a widely-used commercial hearing-aid receiver ED series, manufactured by(More)
Bone and tissue conducted speech has been used in noisy environments to provide a relatively high signal-to-noise ratio signal. However, the limited bandwidth of bone and tissue conducted speech degrades the quality of the speech signal. Moreover in very noisy conditions, bandwidth extension of the bone and tissue conducted speech becomes problematic. In(More)
1. ABSTRACT This paper will present the feasibility o f utilizing a miniaturized, real-time, in-ear, digital signal processing devices to investigate experience-dependent brain plasticity in the humans. An important component of this trial is the use of a recently developed digital hearing protector (from Sonomax, Montreal, QC) made with a custom earpiece(More)
The most commonly used methods to measure hearing protectors attenuation can be divided into two categories: psychoacoustical (subjective) and physical (objective) methods. In order to better understand the relationship between these methods, this article presents various factors relating attenuation values obtained with these methods through a series of(More)
To enhance the communication experience of workers equipped with hearing protection devices and radio communication in noisy environments, alternative methods of speech capture have been utilized. One such approach uses speech captured by a microphone in an occluded ear canal. Although high in signal-to-noise ratio, bone and tissue conducted speech has a(More)
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