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A non-intrusive method for estimating binaural speech intelligibility from noise-corrupted signals captured by a pair of microphones

Tang, Y; Liu, Q; Wang, W; Cox, TJ

Authors

Y Tang

Q Liu

W Wang



Abstract

A non-intrusive method is introduced to predict binaural speech intelligibility in noise directly from signals captured using a pair of microphones. The approach combines signal processing techniques in blind source separation
and localisation, with an intrusive objective intelligibility measure (OIM). Therefore, unlike classic intrusive OIMs, this method does not require a clean reference speech signal and knowing the location of the sources to operate.
The proposed approach is able to estimate intelligibility in stationary and fluctuating noises, when the noise masker is presented as a point or diffused source, and is spatially separated from the target speech source on a horizontal
plane. The performance of the proposed method was evaluated in two rooms. When predicting subjective intelligibility measured as word recognition rate, this method showed reasonable predictive accuracy with correlation coefficients above 0.82, which is comparable to that of a reference intrusive OIM in most of the conditions. The proposed approach offers a solution for fast binaural intelligibility prediction, and therefore has practical potential
to be deployed in situations where on-site speech intelligibility is a concern.

Citation

Tang, Y., Liu, Q., Wang, W., & Cox, T. (2018). A non-intrusive method for estimating binaural speech intelligibility from noise-corrupted signals captured by a pair of microphones. Speech Communication, 96, 116-128. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2017.12.005

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 11, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 13, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Deposit Date Dec 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 14, 2017
Journal Speech Communication
Print ISSN 0167-6393
Publisher Elsevier
Volume 96
Pages 116-128
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2017.12.005
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.specom.2017.12.005
Related Public URLs https://www.journals.elsevier.com/speech-communication

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