Improving the accuracy of single-channel automatic speech recognition (ASR) in noisy conditions is challenging. Strong speech enhancement front-ends are available, however, they typically require that the ASR model is retrained to cope with the processing artifacts. In this paper we explore a speaker reinforcement strategy for improving recognition performance without retraining the acoustic model (AM). This is achieved by remixing the enhanced signal with the unprocessed input to alleviate the processing artifacts. We evaluate the proposed approach using a DNN speaker extraction based speech denoiser trained with a perceptually motivated loss function. Results show that (without AM retraining) our method yields about 23% and 25% relative accuracy gains compared with the unprocessed for the monoaural simulated and real CHiME-4 evaluation sets, respectively, and outperforms a state-of-the-art reference method.

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