One of the biggest challenges for hearing impaired listeners is understanding speech in the presence of background noise. Noise levels that are typical of everyday social situations can have a devastating impact on speech intelligibility. Inability to communicate effectively can lead to social withdrawal and isolation. Unfortunately, current hearing aid and cochlear implant technology is often ineffective in these situations. Although amplification can restore audibility, it does not compensate for the full effects of hearing loss.
The aim of this ISCA-supported workshop is to present the challenges of hearing aid signal processing to the wider speech science and speech technology communities. Recent advances in hearing aid hardware are presenting opportunities for increasingly sophisticated processing. For example, wireless communication between the hearing aid and a mobile device can allow non-latency critical computation to be freed from the low-power constraints attendant with traditional aids. These advances raise the prospect that the computationally demanding techniques employed with great success in statistical speech modelling and statistical acoustic scene analysis could soon be exploited for hearing aid processing.
We believe that new directions in hearing aid research can be inspired by bringing together speech technologists and hearing researchers. We anticipate that the workshop will stimulate a two-way conversation between the speech research community and hearing aid developers. Hearing aid developers, who are not typically represented at Interspeech, will have an opportunity to present the challenges of their industry to the speech community; the speech community will be able to present and discuss potentially transformative approaches to speech in noise processing in the presence of hearing researchers and industry experts.
|Keynote 1 - Prof. Volker Hohmann
|Oral Session O1
|Poster Adverts for Session P1
|Poster Session P1
|Keynote 2 - Prof. Enrique A. Lopez-Poveda
|Poster Adverts for Session P2
|Poster Session P2
|Oral Session O2
|Closing + Post Workshop Drinks
Submission is now closed.