Latest Algorithm for Cochlear Implants Block the Cacophony of Background Noise

A new algorithm to improve hearing for people with cochlear implants and hearing aids is a good thing. A byproduct of this research is likely to lead to speech recognizers that could work at a cocktail party!

Ambient babel and audio distortion is enough of a problem for regular people like you and me to endure. Our human audio processing system is so good at filtering out the aspects of our sonic environment that we are not focused on directly. We can understand people speaking while we're standing next to noisy machinery or walking in a large echoey train station. These kinds of noises which are categorized in the signal processing world as "stationary noise" and "reverberant noise" have been tackled with some measure of success by modern day noise cancellation algorithms. 

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