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1. (WO2018036602) A METHOD OF MANAGING ADAPTIVE FEEDBACK CANCELLATION IN HEARING DEVICES AND HEARING DEVICES CONFIGURED TO CARRY OUT SUCH METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/036602    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2016/069768
Publication Date: Fri Mar 02 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Aug 23 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: H04R 25/00
H04R 3/02
Applicants: SONOVA AG
Inventors: BUCHER, Samuel
GIGANDET, Xavier
DURRIEU, Jean-Louis
WUETHRICH, Hannes
HOFBAUER, Markus
Title: A METHOD OF MANAGING ADAPTIVE FEEDBACK CANCELLATION IN HEARING DEVICES AND HEARING DEVICES CONFIGURED TO CARRY OUT SUCH METHOD
Abstract:
This invention relates to a method of managing adaptive feedback cancellation in a hearing device comprising at least a microphone (1); a receiver (2); and a signal processing circuitry, configured to receive from said microphone (1) an input signal (Xtd, Xfd, Xc) and to provide said receiver (2) with an output signal (Yfd, Ufd, Utd). An external acoustic feedback path (300) defined by feedback sound (fb) traveling from the receiver (2) to the microphone (1) is represented by an external feedback path transfer function (3). The signal processing unit comprises at least a gain unit (4); a feedback canceller unit (5) comprising an adaptive filter element (6) configured to adaptively accommodate changes in said external acoustic feedback path transfer function (3); and a frequency shift unit (7) configured to stabilize an adaptation of the feedback canceler unit (5). The method according to the present invention comprises the steps of: estimating the external acoustic feedback path transfer function (3) by modeling/deriving a first estimated feedback path transfer function (8) to reflect the external acoustic feedback path transfer function (3), by said feedback canceler unit (5); compensating the input signal of the hearing device (Xfd), based on the first estimated feedback path transfer function (8), thereby generating a compensated input signal (Xc); providing at least part of the signal processing unit with the compensated input signal (Xc). The method further comprises the steps of: generating a probe signal (W), by an adaptation control block (9, 10); injecting the probe signal (W) into the output signal (Yfd) of the hearing device and letting the probe signal (W) be fed back to the microphone (1) through the external acoustic feedback path (300); modeling/deriving at least a reference estimated feedback path transfer function (11), based on a relation between the input signal (Xfd) and the probe signal (w); comparing said at least a reference estimated feedback path transfer function (11) with said first estimated feedback path transfer function (8), by a comparison unit (12) of said adaptation control block (9); and controlling the adaptive filter element (6) and the frequency shift unit (7) based on a comparison between such at least a reference estimated feedback path transfer function (11) and the first estimated feedback path transfer function (8).