For high-frequency complex stimuli, detection thresholds for envelope-based interaural time differences (ITDs) decrease with overall level. Substantial heterogeneity is, however, evident among the findings concerning the rate at which thresholds decline with level. This study investigated factors affecting the influence of overall level on threshold ITDs.… (More)
In the recent literature on dynamic compression in hearing aids, a controversial discussion about the benefit of multichannel compression with short time constants has been raised. In this paper, some experimental results are contributed to the discussion: For low signal-to-noise ratios, a detrimental effect of fast multichannel compression on speech… (More)
In this study, different objective quality measures for the performance prediction of noise reduction schemes are compared to subjective data from psychoacoustic listening tests. It is shown that the considered perceptual measures are appropriate to define a quality test-bench which can be used for the development and optimization of noise reduction schemes.
In the framework of the European HearCom project, promising signal enhancement algorithms were developed and evaluated for future use in hearing instruments. To assess the algorithms' performance, five of the algorithms were selected and implemented on a common real-time hardware/software platform. Four test centers in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, and… (More)
A multi-signal-processor set-up is introduced that is used for real-time implementation of digital hearing aid algorithms that operate on stereophonic (i.e., binaural) input signals and perform signal processing in the frequency domain. A multiband dynamic compression algorithm was implemented which operates in 24 critical band filter channels, allows for… (More)
The role of temporal fluctuations and systematic variations of interaural parameters in localization of sound sources in spatially distributed, nonstationary noise conditions was investigated. For this, Bayesian estimation was applied to interaural parameters calculated with physiologically plausible time and frequency resolution. Probability density… (More)