16th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Dresden, Germany
September 6-10, 2015

A Binaural Short Time Objective Intelligibility Measure for Noisy and Enhanced Speech

Asger Heidemann Andersen (1), Jan Mark de Haan (2), Zheng-Hua Tan (1), Jesper Jensen (1)

(1) Aalborg University, Denmark
(2) Oticon, Denmark

Objective intelligibility measures are increasingly being used to assess the performance of speech processing algorithms, e.g. for hearing aids. It has been shown that the short time objective intelligibility (STOI) measure yields good results in this respect. In this paper we propose a binaural extension of the STOI measure, which predicts binaural advantage using a modified equalization cancellation (EC) stage. The proposed method is evaluated for a range of acoustic conditions. Firstly, the method is able to predict the advantage of spatial separation between a speech target and a speech shaped noise (SSN) interferer. Secondly, the method yields results comparable to the monaural STOI measure when presented with noisy speech processed by ideal time-frequency segregation (ITFS). Finally, the method also performs well when presented with a selection of different acoustic conditions combined with beamforming as used in hearing aids.

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Bibliographic reference.  Andersen, Asger Heidemann / Haan, Jan Mark de / Tan, Zheng-Hua / Jensen, Jesper (2015): "A binaural short time objective intelligibility measure for noisy and enhanced speech", In INTERSPEECH-2015, 2563-2567.