Automatic Detection and Enhancement of Speech Signals
Final rept. Jan 1973-Feb 1975
NICOLET SCIENTIFIC CORP NORTHVALE NJ
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The objective of the work described in this report was to make it less tiring to monitor speech at low signal-to-noise ratios over long periods of time. Two approaches to reducing auditory fatigue were studied 1 automatic detection of speech and 2 automatic enhancement of the SN of speech. The first approach was aimed at reducing the amount of time spent in simply listening for speech to occur. After examining several methods of detecting speech, we selected a method that intrinsically is independent of the spectrum characteristics of the communication channel or tape being monitored, of the speech characteristics of the talker, and of the language. The technique proved to be capable of detecting speech in wideband noise at an SN of -6 dB. Its major disadvantage appears to be that the complexity of the required computations demands the use of a computer to implement the method.
- Voice Communications