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In this paper, we evaluate the performance of existing and new objective measures in terms of predicting the quality of reverberant speech and speech enhanced by dereverberation algorithms. We use subjective quality ratings designed to evaluate the quality of speech along three dimensions: speech coloration, reverberation tail effect and overall speech(More)
Little is known about the extent to which reverberation affects speech intelligibility by cochlear implant (CI) listeners. Experiment 1 assessed CI users' performance using Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sentences corrupted with varying degrees of reverberation. Reverberation times of 0.30, 0.60, 0.80, and 1.0 s were used. Results(More)
The purpose of this study is to determine the relative impact of reverberant self-masking and overlap-masking effects on speech intelligibility by cochlear implant listeners. Sentences were presented in two conditions wherein reverberant consonant segments were replaced with clean consonants, and in another condition wherein reverberant vowel segments were(More)
This paper describes a highly practical blind signal separation (BSS) scheme operating on subband domain data to blindly segregate convolutive mixtures of speech. The proposed method relies on spatiotemporal separation carried out in the time domain by using a multichannel blind deconvolution (MBD) algorithm that enforces separation by entropy maximization(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate a set of acoustic features and classification methods for the classification of three groups of fricative consonants differing in place of articulation. METHOD A support vector machine (SVM) algorithm was used to classify the fricatives extracted from the TIMIT database in quiet and also in speech babble noise at various(More)
This paper addresses the blind separation of convolutive and temporally correlated mixtures of speech, through the use of a multichannel blind deconvolution (MBD) method. In the proposed framework (LP-NGA), spatio-temporal separation is carried out by entropy maximization using the well-known natural gradient algorithm (NGA), while a temporal pre-whitening(More)
Bilateral cochlear implants seek to restore the advantages of binaural hearing by improving access to binaural cues. Bilateral implant users are currently fitted with two processors, one in each ear, operating independent of one another. In this work, a different approach to bilateral processing is explored based on blind source separation (BSS) by(More)
In this letter, we propose a novel approach for two-microphone enhancement of speech corrupted by reverberation. Our approach steers computational resources to filter coefficients having the largest impact on the error surface and therefore only updates a subset of coefficients in every iteration. Experimental results carried out in a realistic reverberant(More)