A New Stimulating Algorithm for Cochlear Implant
Marjan Mozaffari Legha, Arash Nowroozi, Mahsa Mirshekari
Cochlear implants are being widely used for the patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Speech coding algorithms play an important role in improving the performance of cochlear implant. At recent years, the performance of CI has been improved for most users under silent environment. However, as the background noise level increases, speech recognition scores are degraded considerably. In this paper, the Empirical Mode Decomposition and Teager-Kaiser Energy Operator are applied as a speech enhancement method for cochlear implants. This algorithm is developed to extract features, called intrinsic mode functions, by a sifting process. Then, Frequency and amplitude of each IMF is extracted based on TKEO. Finally, performance of this algorithm in terms of correlation analysis was compared to continuous interleaved sampling (CIS), frequency amplitude modulation encoding (FAME) and Hilbert Huang Transform Stimulating (HHTS) strategies. The results showed the highest correlation coefficient between spectrum of synthesized signal and original speech with proposed method.