Assistive listening headsets for high noise environments: Protection and communication
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© 2015 IEEE. In industrial noise environments, the use of assistive listening headsets is a means to provide adequate access to voice communication while wearing hearing protection. This paper presents a performance evaluation and comparison of two different methods to provide the binaural speech enhancement in real industrial noise scenarios. The investigated binaural methods based on differential beamforming and multichannel Wiener filter show different strengths and weaknesses. A transient noise suppression algorithm is also proposed and evaluated. Performance evaluation shows that this algorithm, together with the binaural multi-channel Wiener filter approach, can successfully reduce the hammering noise. This can be observed from the PESQ scores and the signal characteristics.
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