Enhancing Conversation Intelligibility for Hearing Aid Users in Noisy Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$574,954.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
H133S130064
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S130064
Solicitation Year:
2013
Solicitation Topic Code:
84.133S-2
Solicitation Number:
1
Small Business Information
Advanced Medical Electronics Corp.
6901 East Fish Lake Road, Suite #190, Maple Grove, MN, 55369-5457
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
927303412
Principal Investigator:
Paul Gibson
PI
(763) 515-5353
pgibson@ame0corp.com
Business Contact:
Paul Gibson
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This project develops and tests an easy to use and unobtrusive hearing aid accessory that utilizes a directional microphone array: to improve understanding of speech in noisy environments. A common problem amongst hearing aid users is trouble understanding speech while listening to a conversation in environments with competing speech babble noise and other noises such as restaurant conversations, social gatherings, and conversations in busy workplaces or schools. The prototype accessory enhances conversation intelligibility with a directional microphone array that wirelessly transmits audio to the user’s hearing aids or a wireless ear piece for thise who do not use hearing aids.

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