We introduce a new wavelet-based algorithm to enhance the quality of speech corrupted by multi-talker babble noise. The algorithm comprises three stages: The first stage classifies short frames of the noisy speech as speech-dominated or noise-dominated. We design this classifier specifically for multi-talker babble noise. The second stage performs preliminary de-nosing of noisy speech frames using oversampled wavelet transforms and parallel group thresholding. The final stage performs further denoising by attenuating residual high frequency components in the signal produced by the second stage. A significant improvement in intelligibility and quality was observed in evaluation tests of the algorithm with cochlear implant users.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Modeling and Simulation
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Computer Science Applications