Multimicrophone Adaptive Array Augmented with Visual Cueing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$165,099.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43DC011468-01
Agency Tracking Number:
DC011468
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
NIDCD
Solicitation Number:
PHS2010-2
Small Business Information
ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
ADVANCED MEDICAL ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, 6901 E FISH LAKE RD, STE 190, MAPLE GROVE, MN, 55369
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927303412
Principal Investigator:
KEVIN KRAMER
(763) 463-4814
KKRAMER@AME-CORP.COM
Business Contact:
(763) 463-4814
thendrickson@ame-corp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Advanced Medical Electronics Corporation (AME) proposes to develop a smartphone-based adaptive audiovisual array that enables hearing aid users to converse with multiple speakers in reverberant environments with significant speech babble noise where their hearing aids do not function well. The array will consist of a smartphone, a smartphone accessory, and a smartphone application. The smartphone accessory will be a dongle that will house a multimicrophone adaptive array. The dongle will also contain a lower power radio by which it can transmit audio signals to compatible hearing aids. The smartphone software application will implement an adaptive audiovisual beamforming algorithm. It will use the smartphone's built-in camera to acquire images. Since the array leverages a handheld consumer electronic device, it will be portable and low cost. We will evaluate the prototype by conducting human tests in Phase I. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: The primary complaint of hearing-aid users is their difficulty understanding speech in noise. Only 51 percent of hearing aid users report they are satisfied with their hearing aids in noise. A discrete device that augments hearing aids in difficult reverberant environments would allow hearing aid users to converse with multiple people in almost any environment including restaurants, automobiles, etc.

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