Title: Implementation of adjustive latency compensation in a binaural hearing aid to prevent latency due to wireless transmission for using with multi-media devices

Authors: Qun Wei; Ki Woong Seong; Jyung Hyun Lee; Hee-Joon Park; Myoung Nam Kim; Jin-Ho Cho

Addresses: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Keimyung Univ., Daegu, 704-701, Korea ' Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyungpook National Univ. Hospital, Daegu, 702-701, Korea ' Department of Biomedical Engineering, Kyungpook National Univ. Hospital, Daegu, 702-701, Korea ' Department of Biomedical Engineering, Keimyung Univ., Daegu, 704-701, Korea ' Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National Univ., Daegu, 702-701, Korea ' Graduate School of Electronics Engineering, IT College, Kyungpook National Univ., Daegu, 702-701, Korea

Abstract: Binaural hearing aid has become an important topic in recent research on hearing aids. It employs two hearing aids, one for each ear. However, a short latency between the outputs of the two hearing aids will occur owing to the wireless data transmission between two aids. In this study, an adjustive latency compensation was designed and implemented in a binaural hearing aids to prevent the latency. It includes a static part for the basic transmission time, and the length of an adjustive part can be adjusted depending on the transmission time change caused by a transmission failed. Therefore, a time measurement program with real time clock was designed to measure the time of every data package transmission. As the experimental results show, the proposed compensation is able to ensure synchronisation between the two hearing aids even when a transient failure in the wireless communication between two hearing aids occurred.

Keywords: adjustive latency compensation; binaural hearing aids; hearing aid synchronisation; wireless transmission; multimedia devices; hearing impairment.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSNET.2015.071384

International Journal of Sensor Networks, 2015 Vol.19 No.1, pp.46 - 50

Available online: 23 Aug 2015 *

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