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Open Access Predicting Speech Intelligibility Based on Across-Frequency Contrast in Simulated Auditory-Nerve Fluctuations

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The present study proposes a modeling approach for predicting speech intelligibility for normal-hearing (NH) and hearing-impaired (HI) listeners in conditions of stationary and fluctuating interferers. The model combines a non-linear model of the auditory periphery with a decision process that is based on the contrast across characteristic frequency (CF) after modulation analysis in the range of the fundamental frequency of speech. Specifically, the short-term across-CF correlation between noisy speech and noise alone is assumed to be inversely related to speech intelligibility. The model provided highly accurate predictions for NH listeners as well as largely plausible effects in response to changes in presentation level. Furthermore, the model could account for some of the main features in the HI data solely by adapting the peripheral model using a simplistic interpretation of the listeners' hearing thresholds. The model's predictive power may be substantially improved by refining the interpretation of the HI listeners' profiles and the model may thus provide a valuable basis for quantitatively modeling effects of outer hair-cell and inner hair-cell loss on speech intelligibility.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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