Requirements For Mass Adoption Of Assistive Listening Technology By The General Public

Thomas B. Kaufmann, Mehdi Foroogozar, Julie Liss, Visar Berisha

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Abstract

Assistive listening systems (ALSs) dramatically increase speech intelligibility and reduce listening effort. It is very likely that essentially everyone, not only individuals with hearing loss, would benefit from the increased signal-to-noise ratio an ALS provides in almost any listening scenario. However, ALSs are rarely used by anyone other than people with severe to profound hearing losses. To date, the reasons for this poor adoption have not been systematically investigated. The authors hypothesize that the reasons for poor adoption of assistive listening technology include (1) an inability to use personally owned receiving devices, (2) a lack of high-fidelity stereo sound, (3) receiving devices not providing an unoccluded listening experience, (4) distortion from alignment delay and (5) a lack of automatic connectivity to an available assistive listening audio signal. We propose solutions to each of these problems in an effort to pave the way for mass adoption of assistive listening technology by the general public.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICASSPW 2023 - 2023 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Workshops, Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9798350302615
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Workshops, ICASSPW 2023 - Rhodes Island, Greece
Duration: Jun 4 2023Jun 10 2023

Publication series

NameICASSPW 2023 - 2023 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Workshops, Proceedings

Conference

Conference2023 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing Workshops, ICASSPW 2023
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityRhodes Island
Period6/4/236/10/23

Keywords

  • Assistive listening
  • alignment delay
  • hearing assistive technology
  • intelligibility
  • listening effort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Signal Processing

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