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Speech perception in noise in normally hearing children: does binaural frequency modulated fitting provide more benefit than monaural frequency modulated fitting?

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Author(s): Siti Zamratol-Mai Sarah Mukari | Cila Umat | Ummu Athiyah Abdul Razak

Journal: Audiology Research
ISSN 2039-4330

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e30;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: monaural | binaural | ear level frequency modulated system | speech in noise.

ABSTRACT
The aim of the present study was to compare the benefit of monaural versus binaural ear-level frequency modulated (FM) fitting on speech perception in noise in children with normal hearing. Reception threshold for sentences (RTS) was measured in no-FM, monaural FM, and binaural FM conditions in 22 normally developing children with bilateral normal hearing, aged 8 to 9 years old. Data were gathered using the Pediatric Malay Hearing in Noise Test (P-MyHINT) with speech presented from front and multi-talker babble presented from 90º, 180º, 270º azimuths in a sound treated booth. The results revealed that the use of either monaural or binaural ear level FM receivers provided significantly better mean RTSs than the no-FM condition (P
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