Google AI : Applying Advanced Speech Enhancement in Cochlear Implants

Per WHO, (April 1,2021 report) Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – require rehabilitation to address their ‘disabling’ hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). A cochlear implant, which is a small electronic device, inserted surgically in inner ear provides better clarity of sound needed to understand speech and spoken.

Modern cochlear implants drive electrodes with pulsatile signals that are computed by external sound processors. Google AI share exploratory research demonstrating a speech enhancement preprocessor — specifically, a noise suppressor — can be used at the input of a CI’s processor to enhance users’ understanding of speech in noisy environments.

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