Automatic Evaluation of Tracheoesophageal Telephone Speech

  • The tracheoesophageal (TE) substitute voice is currently state–of–the–art treatment to restore the ability to speak after laryngectomy. The intelligibility while talking over a telephone is an important clinical factor, as it is a crucial part of the patients’ social life. An objective way to rate the intelligibility of substitute voices when talking over a telephone is desirable to improve the post–laryngectomy speech therapy. An automatic speech recognition (ASR) system was applied to 41 high quality recordings of post–laryngectomy patients. The ASR system was trained with normal, non–pathologic speech. It yielded a word accuracy (WA) of 36.9%±18.0%; compared to the intelligibility rating of a group of human experts the ASR system had a correlation coefficient of -.88. After downsampling the 41 recordings to telephone quality, the ASR system reached a WA of 26.4%±13.9% leading to a correlation coefficient of -.80. These results confirm that an ASR system can be used for objective intelligibility rating over the telephone.

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Author:Korbinian Riedhammer, Tino Haderlein, Maria Schuster, Frank Rosanowski, Elmar Nöth
Parent Title (English):First International Language Technologies Conference (IS-LTC 2006), Ljubljana, Slovenia, October 2006.
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Publication Year:2006
Tag:Speech Recognition
First Page:17
Last Page:22
faculties / departments:Fakultät für Informatik
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke