alexa Wind noise at microphones within and across hearing aids at wind speeds below and above microphone saturation.


Industrial Engineering & Management

Author(s): Zakis JA

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Abstract The variation of wind noise at hearing-aid microphones with wind speed, wind azimuth, and hearing-aid style was investigated. Comparisons were made across behind-the-ear (BTE) and completely-in-canal (CIC) devices, and between microphones within BTE devices. One CIC device and two BTE devices were placed on a Knowles Electronics Manikin for Acoustic Research. The smaller BTE device had vented plastic windshields around its microphone ports while the larger BTE device had none. The microphone output signals were digitally recorded in wind generated at 0, 3, 6, and 12 m/s at 8 wind azimuths. The microphone output signals were saturated at 12 m/s with wind-noise levels of up to 116 dB SPL at the microphone output. Wind-noise levels differed by up to 12 dB between microphones within the same BTE device, and across BTE devices by up to 6 or 8 dB for front or rear microphones, respectively. On average, wind-noise levels were lowest with the CIC device and highest at the rear microphone of the smaller BTE device. Engineering and clinical implications are discussed. © 2011 Acoustical Society of America This article was published in J Acoust Soc Am and referenced in Industrial Engineering & Management

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