14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Frequency-Adaptive Post-Filtering for Intelligibility Enhancement of Narrowband Telephone Speech

Emma Jokinen, Marko Takanen, Paavo Alku

Aalto University, Finland

Post-filtering methods are used in mobile communications to improve the quality and intelligibility of speech. This paper introduces a frequency-adaptive post-filtering algorithm that selects from a predefined set of filters the one that reallocates the largest amount of speech energy from low to high frequencies. The proposed method and another post-filtering technique were compared to unprocessed speech in subjective listening tests in terms of intelligibility. The results indicate that the proposed method outperforms the reference method in difficult noise conditions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Jokinen, Emma / Takanen, Marko / Alku, Paavo (2013): "Frequency-adaptive post-filtering for intelligibility enhancement of narrowband telephone speech", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 1179-1183.