NYU Tandon Doctoral Student's Cochlear Implant Technology Banishes Ambient Babble
Algorithmic Solution for Hearing Aids and Implants Tunes Out Talkers, Tunes in the Person the Wearer Wants to Hear.
- Audiology Online June 4th, 2016
- Source: http://www.audiologyonline.com/releases/nyu-tandon-doctoral-student-226-17085
Wearers of cochlear implants and hearing aids often have difficulty teasing out what someone is saying over “babble” — the cacophony of other talkers — and other ambient sounds. New York University researchers have devised a novel solution: an algorithmic approach that, like making drinkable water from pond water, distills the talker’s voice from a turbid wash of noise.
Most algorithms for acoustic noise suppression aim to eliminate steady background noise — the sound of an air conditioner or road noise are familiar examples — which is relatively easy to attenuate.