Evaluación de un modelo para sistema de mejora de voz de dos canales (Evaluation of a model for voice enhancement system of two channels)

Rubén Hernández (rhtovar@ipn.mx)2, Roberto Rodríguez (rrm@icmf.inf.cu)1, Victor H. García (vgarciao@ipn.mx)2, Julio C. Sosa (jcsosa@ipn.mx)2

1Institute of Cybernetics, Mathematics & Physics (ICIMAF)
2Instituto Politécnico Nacional

This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: Dec. 2012
Volume: 10,   Issue: 6 
ISSN: 1548-0992

A dual channel system for speech enhancement is proposed and evaluated under babbling noise. A two stage dual channel structure of adaptive filters is used with different microphones, one directional for receiving the desired signal and the other omni directional for receiving the ambient noise which for this model is mainly babbling. Simple Root Mean Square (RMS), Itakura-Saito Distance (ISD) and subjective evaluation tests are made in order to ease comparisons. Using a simple adaptive filter, it is not enough to reduce background noise while maintaining the intelligibility of enhanced speech. Therefore, a noise emphasizing channel is used in order to achieve a better noise canceling. This work is done as precedent for the implementation of a system capable of diminish the noise from voices different than the target by using adaptive filter structures offering good results but small enough to be embedded in hearing aid devices.

Index Terms:
speech processing, adaptive filter, speech enhancement, hearing aids.   

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