Journal article

Respiration mask waveguide optimisation for maximised speech intelligibility

Kirill Kolesnik, David Bryan, William Harley, Philipp Segeritz, Matthew Guest, Vijay Rajagopal, David J Collins

JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA | ACOUSTICAL SOC AMER AMER INST PHYSICS | Published : 2021

Abstract

Both the scarcity and environmental impact of disposable face masks, as in the COVID-19 pandemic, have instigated the recent development of reusable masks. Such face masks reduce transmission of infectious agents and particulates, but often impact a user's ability to be understood when materials, such as silicone or hard polymers, are used. In this work, we present a numerical optimisation approach to optimise waveguide topology, where a waveguide is used to transmit and direct sound from the interior of the mask volume to the outside air. This approach allows acoustic energy to be maximised according to specific frequency bands, including those most relevant to human speech. We employ this ..

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