Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eric Healy
Eric Healy, professor of speech and hearing science and director of Ohio State’s Speech Psychoacoustics Laboratory, and DeLiang Wang, professor of computer science and engineering, have provided the first demonstration of a processing algorithm capable of improving speech understanding in noise for hearing-impaired listeners.
"It's an important problem because poor speech understanding in background noise is the number one complaint of hearing-impaired listeners," said Healy, the study's lead author. "People with hearing loss are simply not good at pulling speech from background noise—because this algorithm does that job for them, their limitations are rendered moot."