Multi-zone personalisation for hard of hearing listeners using object-based audio

Galvez, M, Laghidze, I, Ward, L, Franck, A, Shirley, BG ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9634-4489 and Fazi, F 2018, Multi-zone personalisation for hard of hearing listeners using object-based audio , in: Reproduced Sound 2018 : putting sound in its place, 27th-29th November 2018, Bristol, UK.

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Abstract

Television plays an important social role, especially the communal experience of watching tele-vision together. Therefore ensuring accessibility of broadcast content for all is vital. The advent of object-based audio makes it possible to personalise audio content in the home based on an individuals listening needs including for hearing impaired people. However these individual needs are often very specific to the individual’s hearing loss. So how can a shared television experience be retained, whilst meeting the differing needs of all individuals? This paper proposes a solution utilising novel multi-zone soundbar technology, that allows two users to listen to the same object-based broadcast content whilst personalising their own sound reproduction based on individual needs. The paper describes the implementation challenges for such a system for hard of hearing people, including arbitration of each viewer’s personalisation to optimise all users’ experiences. Future work, including planned perceptual testing, is also outlined.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: Reproduced Sound 2018 : putting sound in its place
Publisher: Institute of Acoustics (IOA)
Series Name: Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics Volume
ISBN: 9781510875418
Depositing User: Dr Ben Shirley
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2022 16:48
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 14:47
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/62690

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