Speech intelligibility of virtual humans.

Abstract:

:The speech intelligibility benefit of visual speech cues during oral communication is well-established. Therefore, an ecologically valid approach of auditory assessment should include the processing of both auditory and visual speech cues. This study describes the development and evaluation of a virtual human speaker designed to present speech auditory-visually. A male and female virtual human speaker were created and evaluated in two experiments: a visual-only speech reading test of words and sentences and an auditory-visual speech intelligibility sentence test. A group of five hearing, skilled speech reading adults participated in the speech reading test whereas a group of young normal-hearing participants (N = 35) was recruited for the intelligibility test. Skilled speech readers correctly identified 57 to 67% of the words and sentences uttered by the virtual speakers. The presence of the virtual speaker improved the speech intelligibility of sentences in noise by 1.5 to 2 dB. These results demonstrate the potential applicability of virtual humans in future auditory-visual speech assessment paradigms.

journal_name

Int J Audiol

authors

Devesse A,Dudek A,van Wieringen A,Wouters J

doi

10.1080/14992027.2018.1511922

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2018-12-01 00:00:00

pages

908-916

issue

12

eissn

1499-2027

issn

1708-8186

journal_volume

57

pub_type

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