Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention relates to a method for generating a filter for an audio signal and a parameterization device for the same, and more particularly, to a method for generating a filter for an audio signal, to implement filtering of an input audio signal with a low computational complexity, and a parameterization device therefor. To this end, provided are a method for generating a filter for an audio signal, including: receiving at least one binaural room impulse response (BRIR) filter coefficients for binaural filtering of an input audio signal; converting the BRIR filter coefficients into a plurality of subband filter coefficients; obtaining average reverberation time information of a corresponding subband by using reverberation time information extracted from the subband filter coefficients; obtaining at least one coefficient for curve fitting of the obtained average reverberation time information; obtaining flag information indicating whether the length of the BRIR filter coefficients in a time domain is more than a predetermined value; obtaining filter order information for determining a truncation length of the subband filter coefficients, the filter order information being obtained by using the average reverberation time information or the at least one coefficient according to the obtained flag information and the filter order information of at least one subband being different from filter order information of another subband; and truncating the subband filter coefficient by using the obtained filter order information and a parameterization device therefor.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA stereo decoding method and apparatus are disclosed. The method includes: restoring a monophonic signal from a received code stream through decoding; restoring an interchannel level difference, a group delay, and a group phase from the received code stream through decoding; and processing the monophonic signal according to the interchannel level difference, group delay, and group phase to obtain a first channel signal and a second channel signal. According to the stereo decoding method and apparatus provided in embodiments of the present invention, the first and second channel signals are obtained according to the monophonic signal, ILD, group delay, and group phase by referring to not only the ILD but also the group delay and group phase, thereby yielding favorable stereo sound field effect for the obtained first and second channel signals.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTTechniques described herein may involve dynamically adjusting the equalization of multiple speakers in a playback device. An example implementation involves a playback device emitting, via a first speaker, a first audio signal and emitting, via a second speaker, a second audio signal. The playback device may detect, via a microphone, an audio signal representing (i) at least a portion of the first audio signal and (ii) at least a portion of the second audio signal. The implementation may further involve the playback device determining one or more reflection characteristics based on the detected audio signal. The example implementation may also involve identifying a first audio setting and a second audio setting based on one or more reflection characteristics and applying (i) the first audio setting to playback of media content via the first speaker and (ii) the second audio setting to playback of media content via the second speaker.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTIn one embodiment of the present invention, a loudspeaker modeling subsystem configures a neural lumped parameter loudspeaker (NeLP) model to represent the behavior of a loudspeaker. The NeLP model is implemented as a cascaded combination of a lumped parameter model (LPM) and a neural network (NN) model. To configure the model, the loudspeaker modeling subsystem first estimates values for the parameters used in the LPM. The loudspeaker modeling subsystem then “fixes” these parameters and trains the NN model to act on a predicted output pressure that is generated via the LPM. More specifically, the loudspeaker modeling subsystem configures the NN to modify the predicted output pressure to minimize the error between the predicted output pressure and a measured loudspeaker output pressure. Notably, by strategically fusing the LPM and the NN model, the NeLP model leverages the strengths and mitigates the weaknesses typically associated with conventional loudspeaker modeling techniques.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA method for authenticating content via loudness signature includes receiving an input signal comprising a) an audio signal of the content and b) metadata including data indicating remotely measured loudness of the content, measuring loudness of the audio signal of the content to obtain a locally measured loudness of the content, and comparing the remotely measured loudness of the content to the locally measured loudness of the content to obtain an authentication indication based on the comparing.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA device for a hearing impaired person being subjected to a tinnitus is disclosed. The device includes an input transducer for providing an electric input signal comprising audio, a controllable filter for filtering the electric input signal and configured to output a filtered electric input signal such that signal energy of the electric input signal is reduced in at least a part of a frequency range, a signal processor, connected to the controllable filter, for processing the filtered electrical input signal according to a processing algorithm and to output a processed electric signal, an output transducer, connected to the signal processor, for converting the processed electric signal to an acoustic output signal to be presented to the hearing impaired person wearing the listening device, and an activator, coupled to the controllable filter, for activating and deactivating the controllable filter in dependence on a detection signal and a timer signal.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe invention provides systems and methods for providing hearing aid. An open ear canal hearing aid may be provided in accordance with an embodiment of the invention. The hearing aid may include a part that contains electronic components, a passive amplifier, and a securing mechanism. The securing mechanism may include bristles or balloons. The securing mechanism may have various configurations and be adjustable.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn electronic device, a case, and a case mounting structure of the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a body and a cover for rotating based on a hinge portion in the body and opening and closing at a specified angle. The case includes a mounting portion for receiving at least part of an electronic device and a pressing projection for protruding outwards from the mounting portion and opening the cover in the electronic device by pressing at least part of the cover of the mounted electronic device. When the electronic device is mounting in the mounting portion and one side of the hinge portion is pressed by the pressing projection, the cover is opened at a specified angle and power of the electronic device is shut off
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTIn a hearing aid (26) that can be inserted into the ear canal (12) of a patient, comprising an actuator (31) effecting a mechanical stimulation of the tympanic membrane (14), the actuator (31) comprises an inner surface (32) associated with the tympanic membrane (14) and an outer surface (42) associated with the ear canal (12) and is configured as an areal disk actuator, whose deformation stimulates the tympanic membrane (14) by areal deformation. On the actuator (31) at a distance from the outer surface (42) a cover plate (43) is arranged which together with the outer surface (42) delimits a preferably lenticular cavity (48).
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn intra-oral appliance for transmitting sound via bone conduction and optimized for comfort, safety, speech intelligibility, eating and drinking and extended wear by the user including an actuator to provide bone conduction sound transmission; a transceiver coupled to the actuator to cause the actuator to generate sound; and a first chamber containing, the actuator and the transceiver, said first chamber adapted to be coupled to one or more teeth of the user.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe application relates to a binaural hearing assistance system comprising left and right hearing assistance devices adapted for being located at or in a left and right ear, respectively, of a user, each of the left and right hearing assistance devices comprising a) an input unit for providing one or more electric input signals based on one or more input sounds of a sound field surrounding the binaural hearing assistance system; b) a source separation unit for separating and localizing one or more sound sources Ss in said sound field relative to the input transducer unit based on said one or more electric input signals, and providing respective separated sound source signals Xs, and localization parameters LPs of said one or more sound sources (s=1, 2, . . . , Ns); c) an antenna and transceiver unit adapted for allowing an exchange of said electric input signals, and/or said separated sound source signals Xs and/or said localization parameters LPs of said one or more sound sources between said left and right hearing assistance devices. The application further relates to a method of operating a binaural hearing assistance system. The object of the present application is to provide an improved binaural hearing assistance system. The problem is solved in that the system further comprises d) a comparison and calculation unit for comparing said electric input signals, and/or said separated sound source signals Xsl, Xsr and/or said localization parameters LPsl, LPsr of said left and right hearing assistance devices, respectively, to estimate a head related transfer function HRTF value for one or more of said sound sources S with said localization parameters LPs at a given point in time; and e) a memory unit for storing and updating a database of said HRTF values and optionally said localization parameters LPs over time. This has the advantage of providing a flexible binaural hearing assistance system that is capable of learning the relevant HRTFs of its user, optionally without being initialized. The invention may e.g. be used in hearing aids, headsets, ear phones, active ear protection systems and combinations thereof.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present subject matter relates to the wireless stereo reception of first and second audio information by wireless hearing communication devices. One type of device which may employ the present subject matter is a hearing assistance device, such as a hearing aid. Various forms and protocols of signal transmission are employed in varying embodiments. The present subject matter includes various communication modes such as eavesdropping modes and relaying modes.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA hearing assistance system provides a hearing-aid wearer with one or more hearing aids and a portable device allowing for a wearer-driven directionality customization of the one or more hearing aids. The wearer indicates the locations of sound(s) of interest and/or noise source(s) using the portable device. The one or more hearing aids adjust the directionality of sound reception based on these wearer-indicated locations.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA loudspeaker module comprises a loudspeaker unit and a module housing. A front acoustic cavity and a rear acoustic cavity are formed between the module housing and the loudspeaker unit. The upper and lower ends of the front acoustic cavity and the rear acoustic cavity are open. The upper and lower end surfaces of the module housing are combined with a terminal electronic device through sealing cushions. An electronic device is also disclosed. The upper and lower surfaces of the module housing are combined with the circuit board or the device housing through sealing cushions. Such a structure fully utilizes the spaces of the loudspeaker module and the electronic device, expands the internal space of the loudspeaker module, increases the sizes of the loudspeaker unit and the sound cavities, and accordingly improves the acoustical performance of the product.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn audio speaker having a magnetic system that includes a magnetic insert in a recess of a bottom plate, is disclosed. More particularly, embodiments of the magnetic system include a magnetic insert having a higher magnetic saturation level than the bottom plate. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA drive apparatus and heat dissipating apparatus for a vibrating diaphragm coil of a speaker, a mobile terminal and heat dissipating method, the heat dissipating apparatus includes: a control unit configured to output an enabling signal to trigger an audible sound drive circuit to work when judging the speaker is in a sounding state, and output an enabling signal to trigger an non-audible sound drive circuit to work if the speaker is in a non-sounding state; the audible sound drive circuit configured to, after being enabled by the control unit, amplify a received audio signal, then drive the vibrating diaphragm coil of the speaker to vibrate; and the non-audible sound drive circuit configured to, after being enabled by the control unit, drive the vibrating diaphragm coil of the speaker to vibrate and control the vibration frequency of the vibrating diaphragm coil to be human ear non-audible ultrasonic or infrasonic frequency.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA method is disclosed for determining a relative orientation of speakers that receive audio signals from a portable audio source device. In an embodiment, a microphone coupled with the portable audio source device receives a first sound from a first speaker and a second sound from a second speaker. An orientation detector determines a volume of at least one of the first and second sounds and the portable audio source device detects a movement of the portable audio source device. The orientation detector detects a variation in the determined volume and determines a relative orientation of the first and second speakers based, at least in part, on the detected movement and the detected variation in the determined volume.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA signal input module receives at least one of an entertainment audio signal and a telephony audio signal from vehicle sound circuitry. A level control module executes gain level control logic to balance the entertainment audio signal and a telephony audio signal according to a ratio. A gain control signal is applied to at least one of the entertainment audio signal and the telephony audio signal. A routing module mixes the entertainment audio signal and the telephony audio signal and routes the mixed signal to an output channel associated with a speaker.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA receiver assembly comprising a first and a second receiver housing and a spout. The second receiver housing is positioned over a first sound outlet port of the first receiver housing and the spout is positioned over a second outlet port of the second receiver housing. An acoustic duct is located between the first and second receiver housing acoustically connecting the first sound outlet port to the spout and is provided with an acoustic mass.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTEmbodiments include a microphone assembly comprising an array microphone and a housing configured to support the array microphone and sized and shaped to be mountable in a drop ceiling in place of at least one of a plurality of ceiling tiles included in the drop ceiling. A front face of the housing includes a sound-permeable screen having a size and shape that is substantially similar to the at least one of the plurality of ceiling tiles. Embodiments also include an array microphone system comprising a plurality of microphones arranged, on a substrate, in a number of concentric, nested rings of varying sizes around a central point of the substrate. Each ring comprises a subset of the plurality of microphones positioned at predetermined intervals along a circumference of the ring.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTOffset cartridge microphones are provided that include multiple unidirectional microphone cartridges mounted in an offset geometry. Various desired polar patterns and/or desired steering angles can be formed by processing the audio signals from the multiple cartridges, including a toroidal polar pattern. The offset geometry of the cartridges may include mounting the cartridges so that they are immediately adjacent to one another and so that their center axes are offset from one another. The microphones may have a more consistent on-axis frequency response and may more uniformly form desired polar patterns and/or desired steering angles by reducing the interference and reflections within and between the cartridges.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTMethods and arrangements for filtering audio in a noisy environment involving receiving audio input at a user's location, using a plurality of audio input devices in proximity with a user. The audio is then separated into sources in response to a user selection. After the selection is made, the amplitudes of the audio sources are adjusted based on the selection. Other variants and embodiments are broadly contemplated herein.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTAn apparatus includes a receiver and a sound carrier. The receiver includes a housing with an opening, and produces sound energy that is emitted through the opening. The sound carrier is hollow and is coupled to the receiver over the opening. Sound energy that is emitted by the receiver traverses through the sound carrier. The sound carrier includes a stiffener that is disposed at only a first portion of the sound carrier causing the first portion to be resistant to movement. The stiffener resists free movement of the first portion of the sound carrier. A second portion of the sound carrier is free to move and absorb shock forces.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA headphone and method are provided. The headphone includes a headphone housing and a resilient cushion attached to the housing to define a chamber with the housing for enclosing the user's ear. An assembly is disposed in the housing proximate to a distal end and has a plurality of blades moveable between at least one open position and a closed position. In the closed position, the blades define a distal surface of the housing. In the open position, the assembly defines an aperture in the housing. The aperture allows sound communication from outside the housing into the chamber. The headphone is in communication with at least one external device and is programmed to receive a signal from the external device. The assembly to moves between the open position and the closed position based on the signal.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThere is provided a headphone having an over-the-head headband which is of an arcuate configuration and spans a central plane. The headphone has at least one spacer element which is fixedly connected to an end of the over-the-head headband and projects out of the central plane, at least one articulation which is fixed to the spacer element at a spacing relative to the central plane and at least one ear cap which is coupled pivotably by way of the at least one articulation to the spacer element. The articulation is so provided that its pivot axis is substantially perpendicular to the surface of the head of a user of the headphone so that the ear cap can be pivoted by means of the articulation from a first position in which it covers an ear of the user into a second position in which the ear is exposed.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTEmbodiments are provided for an improved peripheral speaker. The peripheral speaker includes an exterior casing enclosing one or more drivers. The exterior casing further has a channel formed therein such that the channel is sized to removably secure an electronic device. The exterior casing is equipped with a connector lead which partially defines the cavity and that connects the one or more drivers to a port of the electronic device. The one or more drivers output audio according to an audio signal transmitted from the electronic device via the connector lead.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA system and method of matching reverberation in teleconferencing environments. When the two ends of a conversation are in environments with differing reverberations, the method filters the reverberation so that when both signals are output at the near end (e.g., the audio signal from the far end and the sidetone from the near end), the reverberations match. In this manner, the user does not perceive an annoying difference in reverberations, and the user experience is improved.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA server for providing a quieter environment in an open work space that has a plurality of work places used by a plurality of users comprises a processor configured to receive digital audio signals corresponding to ambient noises captured by microphones at the work places, compute average values that represent current noises at the work places, compute a threshold value that represents a current noise in a neighbourhood of a first work place as a function of p values that represent the current noises at p work places that are neighbors of the first work place, compare each digital audio signal with the threshold value, determine the digital audio signals that are greater than the threshold value to determine at least one work place that corresponds to a digital audio signal that is greater than the threshold value, and send a warning to a user of the determined at least one work place.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA system and/or method is provided for enhanced listening of audio signals acquired via a telecoil by performing hum filtering. The system may include a telecoil and a telecoil hum filter. The telecoil hum filter may include a comb notch filter. The comb notch filter may include a delay module and a comb notch filter summing module. The telecoil may be operable to receive a magnetic signal and convert the magnetic signal to an input audio signal. The delay module of the comb notch filter may be configured to generate a delayed signal by applying a delay to the input audio signal. The delay may be based on a fundamental hum frequency. The comb notch filter summing module may be configured to generate a comb notch filter output signal by adding the input audio signal and the delay signal.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTMethod for audio volume control, the method comprising the steps of: receiving (301) a volume change request; changing (304) the volume according to a volume change step; the method being characterized in that the volume change step determination (302) is executed by applying one or more rules wherein each rule provides a definition of at least two ranges, with respect to a monitored condition, wherein the volume change step, associated with each such range, is different; storing a new volume change step in a volume step register (120).
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA gain function controller may be configured to: receive a first plurality of sub-band-signals; determine a frequency-domain-gain-function for a second plurality of sub-band-signals, based on: the first plurality of sub-band-signals; a power of a first full-band signal; and a predetermined compression curve; and apply the frequency-domain-gain-function to the second plurality of sub-band-signals to provide a frequency-domain-output-signal.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention provides methods and systems for digitally processing audio signals. Some embodiments receive an audio signal and converting it to a digital signal. The gain of the digital signal may be adjusted a first time, using a digital processing device located between a receiver and a driver circuit. The adjusted signal can be filtered with a first low shelf filter. The systems and methods may compress the filtered signal with a first compressor, process the signal with a graphic equalizer, and compress the processed signal with a second compressor. The gain of the compressed signal can be adjusted a second time. These may be done using the digital processing device. The signal may then be output through an amplifier and driver circuit to drive a personal audio listening device. In some embodiments, the systems and methods described herein may be part of the personal audio listening device.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA noise-suppression device includes an input buffer, a spatial filter, a delay buffer, and a controller. The input buffer stores sound data. The spatial filter generates processed data by using an internal adaptive control according to a control signal. The delay buffer stores the processed data. The controller operates in either one of a training stage, a flushing stage, or a normal stage and generates the control signal. When the controller operates in the training stage, the spatial filter receives the sound data from the input buffer to generate the processed data which is continuously processed by the spatial filter and then stored in the delay buffer over and over again until the internal adaptive control is converged.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA speech processing method and apparatus for speech processing is provided. The speech processing method includes: acquiring position data variations of a sound collection unit array on a terminal relative to a user sound source; correcting DOA of the sound collection unit array on the basis of the position data variations; and performing filter processing on sound signals acquired by the sound collection unit. Through the method, a noise reduction algorithm is provided with self-adaptive ability, and some parameters of the noise reduction algorithm can be regulated self-adaptively at any time on the basis of random changes in postures of a user during a communication process.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTOn the basis of a bitstream (P), an n-channel audio signal (X) is reconstructed by deriving an m-channel core signal (Y) and multichannel coding parameters (a) from the bitstream, where 1≦m
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTSystems and methods selectively mix a first and second song together during a live performance. The first song has a plurality of first stems, each having stereo audio that combine to form the audio of the first song. The second song has a plurality of second stems, each having stereo audio that combine to form the audio of the second song. A computer, with memory and a processor, executes machine readable instructions of a multiple channel audio mixing application with stored within the memory. The multiple channel audio mixing application plays and mixes audio of at least one of the first stems with audio of at least one of the second stems. The multiple channel audio mixing application is controlled in real-time during the performance to select the at least one first stem and the at least one second stem for the mixing.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA system for optimizing music listening which includes a multimedia server controlled by a user. The multimedia server includes a transmitter of the multimedia server to transmit an audio stream to various connected appliances provided with an acoustic emitter and a selector to select at least one connected appliance to which the audio stream is transmitted. A predetermined table of characteristics links the various connected appliances to a measurement of the acoustic reproduction capabilities thereof. A predetermined user table links at least one user with the hearing capabilities thereof. An adapter to adapt the audio stream in accordance with the measurement of the acoustic reproduction capabilities of the connected appliance to which the audio stream is transmitted and in accordance with the hearing capabilities of the user connected to the multimedia server.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present disclosure provides a method and device for controlling a sound box apparatus and a sound box apparatus. Said method includes: emitting infrared rays at a cycle of preset time length; receiving the infrared rays reflected by a target object, and calculate the motion trajectory of the target object; judging the action of the target object according to the motion trajectory of said target object; controlling said sound box apparatus to perform corresponding control operation, according to the action of the target object. The present disclosure can realize the operation and control of the sound box apparatus through the identification of the target object, and its cost is low, and its operation is simple and not easy to be interfered by external factors.