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Database of multichannel in-ear and behind-the-ear head-related
and binaural room impulse responses

An eight-channel database of head-related impulse responses (HRIR) and binaural room impulse responses (BRIR) is introduced. The impulse responses (IR) were measured with three-channel behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids and an in-ear microphone at both ears of a human head and torso simulator. The database aims at providing a tool for the evaluation of multichannel hearing aid algorithms in hearing aid research. In addition to the HRIRs derived from measurements in an anechoic chamber, sets of BRIRs for multiple, realistic head and sound-source positions in four natural environments reflecting daily-life communication situations with different reverberation times are provided.
The scenes' natural acoustic background was also recorded in each of the realworld environments for all eight channels. Overall, the present database allows for a realistic construction of simulated sound fields for hearing instrument research and, consequently, for a realistic evaluation of hearing instrument algorithms.



H. Kayser, S. D. Ewert, J. Anemüller, T. Rohdenburg, V. Hohmann, and B. Kollmeier,
Database of Multichannel In-Ear and Behind-the-Ear Head-Related and Binaural Room Impulse Responses,”
EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing, Volume 2009, 10 pages, Article ID 298605, 2009


We would like to thank Siemens Audiologische Technik for providing the hearing aids and the appropriate equipment. This work was supported by the DFG (SFB/TR 31), the BMBF (Modellbasierte Hörsysteme), and the European Commission under the integrated project DIRAC (Detection and Identification of Rare Audio-visual Cues, IST-027787).



Last update: 25-September-2013