Personalized Speech Enhancement through Self-Supervised Data Augmentation and Purification

04/05/2021 ∙ by Aswin Sivaraman, et al. ∙ 0

Training personalized speech enhancement models is innately a no-shot learning problem due to privacy constraints and limited access to noise-free speech from the target user. If there is an abundance of unlabeled noisy speech from the test-time user, a personalized speech enhancement model can be trained using self-supervised learning. One straightforward approach to model personalization is to use the target speaker's noisy recordings as pseudo-sources. Then, a pseudo denoising model learns to remove injected training noises and recover the pseudo-sources. However, this approach is volatile as it depends on the quality of the pseudo-sources, which may be too noisy. As a remedy, we propose an improvement to the self-supervised approach through data purification. We first train an SNR predictor model to estimate the frame-by-frame SNR of the pseudo-sources. Then, the predictor's estimates are converted into weights which adjust the frame-by-frame contribution of the pseudo-sources towards training the personalized model. We empirically show that the proposed data purification step improves the usability of the speaker-specific noisy data in the context of personalized speech enhancement. Without relying on any clean speech recordings or speaker embeddings, our approach may be seen as privacy-preserving.

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