The effect of non-native and non-regional speech testing on a multi-lingual population

Quar Tian Kar, Sigfrid D. Soli, Yin Fang Chan, Wan Syafira Ishak, Nor Haniza Abdul Wahat

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Objective: This study was conducted to evaluate the speech perception of Malaysian Chinese adults using the Taiwanese Mandarin HINT (MHINT-T) and the Malay HINT (MyHINT). Design: The MHINT-T and the MyHINT were presented in quiet and noise (front, right and left) conditions under headphones. Results for the two tests were compared with each other and with the norms for each test. Study sample: Malaysian Chinese native speakers of Mandarin (N = 58), 18–31 years of age with normal hearing. Results: On average, subjects demonstrated poorer speech perception ability than the normative samples for these tests. Repeated measures ANOVA showed that speech reception thresholds (SRTs) were slightly poorer on the MHINT-T than on the MyHINT for all test conditions. However, normalized SRTs were poorer by 0.6 standard deviations for MyHINT as compared with MHINT-T. Conclusions: MyHINT and MHINT-T can be used as norm-referenced speech perception measures for Mandarin-speaking Chinese in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Aug 2016

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Speech Perception
Tongue
Population
Aptitude
Malaysia
Population Groups
Hearing
Noise
Analysis of Variance
speaking
Testing
ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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