A low-power body-channel communication system for binaural hearing aids

Jou Ling Chen*, Jhih Cing Sun, Yi Hung Shen, Tzu-Hsien Sang, Tian-Sheuan Chang, Shyh-Jye Jou

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Abstract

In modern binaural hearing aids, the realization of many advanced functions depends on reliable exchange of information for both sides. Commercially available hearing aids often use RF technologies to meet the communication needs, despite the relatively high power consumption associated with them. In a series of two papers, we describe a low-power communication system utilizing skin conductance designed for binaural hearing aids. Due to the facts that skin contact naturally happens in binaural hearing aids and baseband modulation techniques with low power consumption can be used in transmission over skin, the skin communication system is found to be perfectly suited for the needs of binaural hearing aids. In this paper of the series, system-level design issues are discussed and design specifics of the Medium Access Control (MAC) layer are given, while in the sister paper, low power circuit design and physical-layer algorithms are detailed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationIntelligent Biomedical Electronics and Systems for Better Life and Better Environment, BioCAS 2012 - Conference Publications
Pages100-103
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2012
Event2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Intelligent Biomedical Electronics and Systems for Better Life and Better Environment, BioCAS 2012 - Hsinchu, Taiwan
Duration: 28 Nov 201230 Nov 2012

Publication series

Name2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Intelligent Biomedical Electronics and Systems for Better Life and Better Environment, BioCAS 2012 - Conference Publications

Conference

Conference2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Intelligent Biomedical Electronics and Systems for Better Life and Better Environment, BioCAS 2012
CountryTaiwan
CityHsinchu
Period28/11/1230/11/12

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    Chen, J. L., Sun, J. C., Shen, Y. H., Sang, T-H., Chang, T-S., & Jou, S-J. (2012). A low-power body-channel communication system for binaural hearing aids. In 2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Intelligent Biomedical Electronics and Systems for Better Life and Better Environment, BioCAS 2012 - Conference Publications (pp. 100-103). [6418486] (2012 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference: Intelligent Biomedical Electronics and Systems for Better Life and Better Environment, BioCAS 2012 - Conference Publications). https://doi.org/10.1109/BioCAS.2012.6418486