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Single-channel speech enhancement in variable noise-level environment

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Chin-Teng Lin ; Dept. of Electr. & Control Eng., Nat. Chiao-Tung Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan

Discusses the problem of single-channel speech enhancement in variable noise-level environment. Commonly used, single-channel subtractive-type speech enhancement algorithms always assume that the background noise level is fixed or slowly varying. In fact, the background noise level may vary quickly. This condition usually results in wrong speech/noise detection and wrong speech enhancement process. In order to solve this problem, we propose a subtractive-type speech enhancement scheme. This new enhancement scheme uses the RTF (refined time-frequency parameter)-based RSONFIN (recurrent self-organizing neural fuzzy inference network) algorithm we developed previously to detect the word boundaries in the condition of variable background noise level. In addition, a new parameter (MiFre) is proposed to estimate the varying background noise level. Based on this parameter, the noise level information used for subtractive-type speech enhancement can be estimated not only during speech pauses, but also during speech segments. This new subtractive-type enhancement scheme has been tested and found to perform well, not only in variable background noise level condition, but also in fixed background noise level condition.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 1 )