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Evaluation of an adaptive, directional-microphone hearing aid



Evaluation of an adaptive, directional-microphone hearing aid



International Journal of Audiology 41(2): 100-112



The effectiveness of adaptive directional processing for improvement of speech recognition in comparison to non-adaptive directional and omni-directional processing was examined across four listening environments intended to simulate those found in the real world. The test environment was a single, moderately reverberant room with four loudspeaker configurations: three with fixed discrete noise source positions and one with a single panning noise source. Sentence materials from the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) and Connected Speech Test (CST) were selected as test materials. Speech recognition across all listening conditions was evaluated for 20 listeners fitted binaurally with Phonak Claro behind-the-ear (BTE) style hearing aids. Results indicated improved speech recognition performance with adaptive and non-adaptive directional processing over that measured with the omnidirectional processing across all four listening conditions. While the magnitudes of directional benefit provided to subjects listening in adaptive and fixed directional modes were similar in some listening environments, a significant speech recognition advantage was measured for the adaptive mode in specific conditions. The advantage for adaptive over fixed directional processing was most prominent when a competing noise was presented from the listener's sides (both fixed and panning noise conditions), and was partially predictable from electroacoustically measured directional pattern data.

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