Speech and Language Technology for Disabled Persons

Stockholm, Sweden
May 31 - June 2, 1993

Speech Analytic Hearing Aids for the Profoundly DEAF: Technical Design Aspects and User Field Trial Results

John Walliker, Julian Daley, Kerensa Smith, Andrew Faulkner, Adrian Fourcin

Dept. of Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, London, UK

A pocket worn speech analytic hearing aid, SiVo II, has been constructed. The design is modular, allowing the same speech processor hardware, programming interfaces and support software to be used with either an acoustic or electrical input-output board. The SiVo II aid employs a robust noise-resistant artifical neural net method for the extraction of voice fundamental frequency information. The aids are currently undergoing clinical field trials in four countries. Encouraging initial patient results arising from the STRIDE project are presented.

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Bibliographic reference.  Walliker, John / Daley, Julian / Smith, Kerensa / Faulkner, Andrew / Fourcin, Adrian (1993): "Speech analytic hearing aids for the profoundly DEAF: technical design aspects and user field trial results", In SLTDP-93, 35-38.