Development of the mandarin reading span test and confirmation of its relationship with speech perception in noise

Shangqiguo WANG, Lena L.N. WONG, Yuan CHEN

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to develop a dual-task Mandarin Reading Span Test (RST) to assess verbal working memory related to speech perception in noise. 

Design: The test material was developed taking into account psycholinguistic factors (i.e. sentence structure, number of syllables, word familiarity, and sentences plausibility), to achieve good test reliability and face validity. The relationship between the 28-sentence Mandarin RST and speech perception in noise was confirmed using three speech perception in noise measures containing varying levels of contextual and linguistic information. 

Study sample: The study comprised 42 young adults with normal hearing and 56 older adult who were hearing aid users with moderate to severe hearing loss. 

Results: In older hearing aid users, the 28-sentence RST showed significant correlation with speech reception thresholds as measured by three Mandarin sentence in noise tests (rs or r = −.681 to −.419) but not with the 2-digit sequence Digit-in-Noise Test. 

Conclusion: The newly developed dual-task Mandarin RST, constructed with careful psycholinguistic consideration, demonstrates a significant relationship with sentence perception in noise. This suggests that the Mandarin RST could serve as a measure of verbal working memory. Copyright © 2024 British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
Early online dateJan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jan 2024

Citation

Wang, S., Wong, L. L. N. & Chen, Y. (2024). Development of the mandarin reading span test and confirmation of its relationship with speech perception in noise. International Journal of Audiology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/14992027.2024.2305685

Keywords

  • Cognitive hearing science
  • Reading span test
  • Working memory
  • Speech perception in noise

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