The application of bionic wavelet transform to speech signal processing in cochlear implants using neural network simulations

Jun Yao, Yuan Ting Zhang*

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Abstract

Cochlear implants (CIs) restore partial hearing to people with severe to profound sensorineural deafness; but there is still a marked performance gap in speech recognition between those who have received cochlear implant and people with a normal hearing capability. One of the factors that may lead to this performance gap is the inadequate signal processing method used in CIs. This paper investigates the application of an improved signal-processing method called bionic wavelet transform (BWT). This method is based upon the auditory model and allows for signal processing. Comparing the neural network simulations on the same experimental materials processed by wavelet transform (WT) and BWT, the application of BWT to speech signal processing in CI has a number of advantages, including: improvement in recognition rates for both consonants and vowels, reduction of the number of required channels, reduction of the average stimulation duration for words, and high noise tolerance. Consonant recognition results in 15 normal hearing subjects show that the BWT produces significantly better performance than the WT (t = -4.36276, p = 0.00065). The BWT has great potential to reduce the performance gap between CI listeners and people with a normal hearing capability in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1299-1309
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Volume49
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002

Keywords

  • Bionic wavelet transform
  • Cochlear implants
  • Neural networks
  • Speech signal processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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