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Robust Distributed Noise Reduction in Hearing Aids with External Acoustic Sensor Nodes

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20092009:530435

  • Received: 15 December 2008
  • Accepted: 24 August 2009
  • Published:


The benefit of using external acoustic sensor nodes for noise reduction in hearing aids is demonstrated in a simulated acoustic scenario with multiple sound sources. A distributed adaptive node-specific signal estimation (DANSE) algorithm, that has a reduced communication bandwidth and computational load, is evaluated. Batch-mode simulations compare the noise reduction performance of a centralized multi-channel Wiener filter (MWF) with DANSE. In the simulated scenario, DANSE is observed not to be able to achieve the same performance as its centralized MWF equivalent, although in theory both should generate the same set of filters. A modification to DANSE is proposed to increase its robustness, yielding smaller discrepancy between the performance of DANSE and the centralized MWF. Furthermore, the influence of several parameters such as the DFT size used for frequency domain processing and possible delays in the communication link between nodes is investigated.


  • Frequency Domain
  • Small Discrepancy
  • Quantum Information
  • Noise Reduction
  • Reduction Performance

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT-SCD), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Leuven, Belgium


© A. Bertrand and M. Moonen. 2009

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