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A Text-to-speech System for Hearing Aids

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202376D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Dec-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Dec-14
Document File: 1 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

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Abstract

Hearing aid users can also have vision problems in a way that they can not see clearly text printed on letters or in newspapers, for instance. Therefore, a novel solution is proposed which transforms printed text into speech. The proposed solution can be integrated into the hearing aid and the remote control of the hearing aid.

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A Text-to-speech System for Hearing Aids

Idea: Kok Meng Tony Ho, SG-Singapore; Wee Boon Ivan Hoh; SG-Singapore; Boon Siang Tan,
SG-Singapore; Chean Khan Goh, SG-Singapore

Hearing aid users can also have vision problems in a way that they can not see clearly text printed on letters or in newspapers, for instance. Therefore, a novel solution is proposed which transforms printed text into speech. The proposed solution can be integrated into the hearing aid and the remote control of the hearing aid. The solution consists of a scanner, a text recognition algorithm and a speech synthesizer. Text is scanned by the scanner. The resulting scans are sent to the remote control. A text recognition algorithm processes the scanned images and the speech synthesizer is used to transform the processed text into speech signals. The signals are then sent to the hearing aid. The proposed solution can be implemented as an optional feature of the hearing aid so that the user can turn it off or on.

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