Hey Siri: How Effective are Common Voice Recognition Systems at Recognizing Dysphonic Voices?
Interaction with voice recognition systems, such as Siri™ and Alexa™, is an increasingly important part of everyday life. Patients with voice disorders may have difficulty with this technology, leading to frustration and reduction in quality of life. This study evaluates the ability of common voice recognition systems to transcribe dysphonic voices.Retrospective evaluation of “Rainbow Passage” voice samples from patients with and without voice disorders.Participants with (n = 30) and without (n = 23) voice disorders were recorded reading the “Rainbow Passage”. Recordings were played at standardized intensity and distance-to-dictation programs on Apple iPhone 6S™, Apple iPhone 11 Pro™, and Google Voice™. Word recognition scores were calculated as the proportion of correctly transcribed words. Word recognition scores were compared to auditory-perceptual and acoustic measures.Mean word recognition scores for participants with and without voice disorders were, respectively, 68.6% and 91.9% for Apple iPhone 6S™ (P