Update on the development of test words in noise
The Test de Mots dans le Bruit (TMB) is a Canadian-French word recognition in noise test recorded on CD-ROM. Preliminary data (Lagacé, 2010) revealed an effect of age on TMB performance. This article presents a summary of the progress in the development of normative data at the Audiology department of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre (Moncton, NB) for both children (6-12 yearsold) and adults (21-45 years old). As regional linguistic differences can influence scores on this type oftest, performances measured with adults from Moncton (NB) were compared to those obtained in adults from Ottawa (ON). Results suggest that, in addition to age, regional linguistic characteristics can influence one’s ability to recognize monosyllabic words presented in background noise. Thee stablishment of normative data applicable to different age groups and Francophone communities across Canada contributes to improving the lack of available standardized clinical tools for this population.
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