A multimicrophone speech enhancement algorithm for binaural hearing aids that preserves interaural time delays was proposed recently. The algorithm is based on multichannel Wiener filtering and relies on a voice activity detector (VAD) for estimation of second-order statistics. Here, the effect of a VAD on the speech enhancement of this algorithm was evaluated using an envelope-based VAD, and the performance was compared to that achieved using an ideal error-free VAD. The performance was considered for stationary directional noise and nonstationary diffuse noise interferers at input SNRs from 10 to +5dB. Intelligibility-weighted SNR improvements of about 20dB and 6dB were found for the directional and diffuse noise, respectively. No large degradations (<1dB) due to the use of envelope-based VAD were found down to an input SNR of 0dB for the directional noise and 5dB for the diffuse noise. At lower input SNRs, the improvement decreased gradually to 15dB for the directional noise and 3dB for the diffuse noise.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Eurasip Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|