Application of Automatic Speech Recognition to Quantitative Assessment of Tracheoesophageal Speech in Different Signal Quality

  • Tracheoesophageal voice is state-of-the-art in voice rehabilitation after laryngectomy. Intelligibility on a telephone is an important evaluation criterion as it is a crucial part of social life. An objective measure of intelligibility when talking on a telephone is desirable in the field of postlaryngectomy speech therapy and its evaluation. Based upon successful earlier studies with broadband speech, an automatic speech recognition (ASR) system was applied to 41 recordings of postlaryngectomy patients. Recordings were available in different signal qualities; quality was the crucial criterion for this study. Compared to the intelligibility rating of 5 human experts, the ASR system had a correlation coefficient of r = -0.87 and Krippendorff's alpha of 0.65 when broadband speech was processed. The rater group alone achieved alpha = 0.66. With the test recordings in telephone quality, the system reached r = -0.79 and alpha = 0.67. For medical purposes, a comprehensive diagnostic approach to (substitute) voice has to cover both subjective and objective tests. An automatic recognition system such as the one proposed in this study can be used for objective intelligibility rating with results comparable to those of human experts. This holds for broadband speech as well as for automatic evaluation via telephone.

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Author:Tino Haderlein, Korbinian Riedhammer, Elmar Nöth, Hikmet Toy, Maria Schuster, Ulrich Eysholdt, Joachim Hornegger, Frank Rosanowski
Parent Title (English):Folia Phoniatrica Et Logopaedica
Document Type:Contribution to a Periodical
Publication Year:2008
Tag:Speech Recognition Software
First Page:12
Last Page:17
faculties / departments:Fakultät für Informatik
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 000 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke