Predicting phoneme and word recognition in noise using a computational model of the auditory periphery
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Several filterbank-based metrics have been proposed to predict speech intelligibility (SI). However, these metrics incorporate little knowledge of the auditory periphery. Neurogram-based metrics provide an alternative, incorporating knowledge of the physiology of hearing by using a mathematical model of the auditory nerve response. In this work, SI was assessed utilizing different filterbank-based metrics (the speech intelligibility index and the speech-based envelope power spectrum model) and neurogram-based metrics, using the biologically inspired model of the auditory nerve proposed by Zilany, Bruce, Nelson, and Carney [(2009), J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 126(5), 2390-2412] as a front-end and the neurogram similarity metric and spectro temporal modulation index as a back-end. Then, the correlations with behavioural scores were computed. Results showed that neurogram-based metrics representing the speech envelope showed higher correlations with the behavioural scores at a word level. At a per-phoneme level, it was found that phoneme transitions contribute to higher correlations between objective measures that use speech envelope information at the auditory periphery level and behavioural data. The presented framework could function as a useful tool for the validation and tuning of speech materials, as well as a benchmark for the development of speech processing algorithms.
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