Electro-oculography based horizontal gaze tracking: A perspective for attention-driven hearing aids

Hladek, L., Brimijoin, W. and Porr, B. (2017) Electro-oculography based horizontal gaze tracking: A perspective for attention-driven hearing aids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(5), p. 3571. (doi:10.1121/1.4987591)

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Abstract

Users of hearing aids with standard directional microphones can have difficulties in complex listening situations such as multi-talker environments because they must turn their heads to follow conversations that move rapidly from one talker to the next. The use of gaze-pointed hearing aid directionality has been suggested as a way to potentially alleviate this problem [Kidd et al. (2013); J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 2013; 133(3): EL202-7.] However, to arrive at a practical and usable device, there is the need for unobstructive and mobile technology for gaze tracking. Here, we propose and evaluate an algorithm for estimating eye-gaze angle based solely on the single channel electro-oculogram (EOG), which can be obtained directly from the ear canal using conductive hearing aid molds. In contrast to conventional techniques, we use an algorithm which calculates the absolute eye angle by statistical analysis of the saccades. This results in robust long term performance where predicted eye angles significantly correlate with actual eye angles. This opens up the possibility of an attention driven beam-former for hearing aids without the need for eye-tracking goggles. [This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number U135097131], Chief Scientist Office (Scotland) and Oticon Foundation.]

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brimijoin, Dr William and Porr, Dr Bernd and Hladek, Mr Lubos
Authors: Hladek, L., Brimijoin, W., and Porr, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Publisher:Acoustical Society of America
ISSN:0001-4966
ISSN (Online):1520-8524
Published Online:01 June 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Acoustical Society of America
First Published:First published in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141(5): 3571
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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