Howling and entrainment in hearing aids: A review

Muhammad Tahir Akhtar, Akinori Nishihara

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This review focuses on howling and entrainment artifacts in digital hearing aids. The howling may occur (especially at high gains), essentially due to the close proximity of the input microphone and the output loudspeaker. The entrainment, on the other hand, occurs when the input to the hearing aids is periodic, for example, music signals or alarm signals with strong tonal characteristics. We give details on methods for howling avoidance, which are mainly based on adaptive filtering-based acoustic feedback cancellation. We also give an overview of many recent works on entrainment in hearing aids. Finally, we remark that efficient acoustic feedback cancellation scheme which can avoid howling, can also well manage the entrainment artifact.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 25 2016


  • Acoustic feedback
  • Adaptive filtering
  • Entrainment
  • Hearing aids
  • Howling
  • NLMS algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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