A few research studies have reported variations in the contribution of the band-importance function (BIF) to speech intelligibility in different languages. These differences could mean that hearing impairment may not have the same effect on understanding the speech of speakers with different linguistic backgrounds, raising the question of whether speech-processing algorithms should be customized accordingly (J Acoust Soc Am. 2007;121:2350 http://bit.ly/2qn9Xfd). In a recent report, Jin and colleagues examined this important issue in the context of Mandarin and Korean by deriving count-the-dot audiograms based on their BIFs and comparing the audibility of these languages with English (J Am Acad Audio. 2017;28:119 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28240979). Copyright © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.