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In-Ear Microphone Equalization Exploiting an Active Noise Control
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2001 (English)Conference paper (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A pair of ear-muffs that employs active noise control(ANC) for noise reduction, substantially reduces the influence of the low frequencies inside the cap. This implies an indirect high-pass filtering of the sound in the external auditory canal (EAC). This paper shows that the above mentioned high-pass filtering property is convenient when combining an ANC headset with an in-ear microphone (ear-mic) for communication purposes since the speech signal inside the EAC is a low-pass filtered version of the speech signal at the mouth. Hence, the in-ear speech signal is to some extent restored by the ANC high-pass filtering, the quality of the speech signal in the auditory canal is improved and the speech intelligibility is increased. The equalization will also decrease the demand of dynamic range and resolution of electronics used. By that, combining an active ear-muff with an ear-mic serves two purposes: Protecting the user from harmful noise and enables the user to communicate over some channel using the speech signal in the auditory canal.

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The Hague, 2001.
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Speech enhancement, Active Noise Control, Ear-muffs, channel equalizer
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Signal Processing
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-9972Local ID: diva2:837977
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2002-02-04 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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