One of the ways hearing loss can impact your life the most is by affecting your ability to understand speech. In order to help solve this problem, researchers are exploring a human speech recognition model based on machine learning and deep neural networks.
Hearing Loss and Communication Struggles
One of the first signs of hearing loss is struggling to understand speech. It can seem as though everyone is mumbling or that you are having to ask people to repeat themselves frequently.
Hearing loss can make it especially difficult to understand what others are saying in loud, crowded places with multiple voices talking at once, like lunch hour at Brent’s Café.
These difficulties in communication can start to take a toll on relationships and cause people with hearing loss to isolate from others. This can severely impact your quality of life and even worsen your mental and cognitive health.
This is why researchers are committed to helping improve speech recognition in people with hearing loss.
Speech Recognition and Hearing Loss Research
Researchers from Germany created a new study that calculated how many words per sentence a listener understands using automatic speech recognition (ASR).
The study consisted of eight participants with normal hearing and 20 participants with hearing loss who were exposed to a variety of complex noises that mask speech. Those with hearing loss were categorized into three groups based on the severity of their condition.
They found that the model was successful at predicting speech recognition performance in all of the different noise masking scenarios.
This type of research can hopefully be used to help improve hearing aid algorithms to better pick up on speech in a variety of different environments.
Treat Your Hearing Loss Now to Improve Communication
While hearing aid technology continues to evolve, the best thing you can do for your hearing health is seek treatment at the first sign of hearing loss. The earlier you get diagnosed and begin treatment with hearing aids, the better you can protect your hearing health and stay connected to those around you.
If you have additional questions or would like to make an appointment for a hearing test, call Amarillo Hearing Clinic today.