Diagnosis of hearing deficiency using EEG based AEP signals: CWT and improved-VGG16 pipeline

Md Nahidul Islam, Norizam Sulaiman, Fahmid Al Farid, Jia Uddin, Salem A. Alyami, Mamunur Rashid, Anwar P.P.Abdul Majeed, Mohammad Ali Moni

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Hearing deficiency is the world’s most common sensation of impairment and impedes human communication and learning. Early and precise hearing diagnosis using electroencephalogram (EEG) is referred to as the optimum strategy to deal with this issue. Among a wide range of EEG control signals, the most relevant modality for hearing loss diagnosis is auditory evoked potential (AEP) which is produced in the brain’s cortex area through an auditory stimulus. This study aims to develop a robust intelligent auditory sensation system utilizing a pre-train deep hearing based on the AEP response. First, the raw AEP data is transformed into time-frequency images through the wavelet transformation. Then, functionality is eliminated using a pre-trained network. Here, an improved-VGG16 on removing some convolutional layers and block. Subsequently, the higher levels of the neural network architecture are fine-tuned using the labelled time-frequency images. Finally, the proposed method’s performance has been validated by a reputed publicly available AEP dataset, recorded from sixteen subjects when they have heard specific auditory stimuli in the left or right ear. The proposed method outperforms the state-of-art studies by improving the classification accuracy to which indicates that the proposed improved-VGG16 architecture can significantly deal with AEP response in early hearing loss diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalPeerJ Computer Science
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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