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Better speech recognition with cochlear implants

Cochlear implants greatly improve the quality of life for severely hearing-impaired people. However, understanding speech in noisy conditions remains a challenge. Scientists from the University of Leuven in Belgium and market leader Cochlear are developing software that improves signal processing in cochlear implants, enabling better speech recognition.

Many of us do not even think about it – but our natural ability to hear is rather remarkable. When we talk to friends in a noisy bar, with music and chattering in the background, we are able to filter out sounds that we need in order to understand the conversation and ignore the noise. When listening to an orchestra, we can recognise the sounds of many different musical instruments playing at the same time and appreciate the richness of their combined timbre. For people with hearing loss, this skill is not so natural.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for 
research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 305128
 
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