Dr CHEN, Yuan    陳源 博士
Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education and Counselling
Contact
ORCiD
0000-0001-6706-0962
Phone
(852) 2948 8618
Fax
(852) 2948 7794
Email
cheny@eduhk.hk
Address
10 Lo Ping Road, Tai Po, New Territories, Hong Kong
Scopus ID
57192366094
Research Interests

Tone perception

Cognitive ability 

Speech perception

Language development 

Hearing impairment 

 

Teaching Interests

Supporting students with specific learning disabilities

Personal Profile

Dr. Chen Yuan, David is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Counselling (SEC). He obtained his Ph.D. from the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Chen’s research interests include speech perception and language development in Chinese speakers with hearing loss. 

Research Interests

Tone perception

Cognitive ability 

Speech perception

Language development 

Hearing impairment 

 

Teaching Interests

Supporting students with specific learning disabilities

Research Outputs

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters
Chapter in an edited book (author)
Chen Y. (2024). Speech audiometry. In Hu X. J. (Eds.),, Clinical Audiology (61-70). Zhejiang University Press.

Journal Publications
Publication in refereed journal
Chen, Y (2024). Effects of the Proportion of Students with Special Educational Needs on Middle School Teachers' Well-being. Frontiers in Education, ., 9-.. https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2024.1307709
Chen, Y. (2024). Relationship between self-reported hearing and vision problems, cognitive decline, depressive symptoms, and life satisfaction in older adults: a retrospective observational study. BMC Public Health, 24, .-1135. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-024-18624-5
Wang, S., Mo, C., Chen, Y*., Dai, X., Wang, H., & Shen, X. (2024). Exploring the Performance of ChatGPT-4 in the Taiwan Audiologist Qualification Examination: Preliminary Observational Study Highlighting the Potential of AI Chatbots in Hearing Care.. JMIR Medical Education, 10(1), e55595. https://doi.org/10.2196/55595
Wang, S., Wong, L. L., & Chen, Y. (2024). Development of the Mandarin Reading Span test and confirmation of its relationship with speech perception in noise. International Journal of Audiology, ., 1-10. https://doi-org.ezproxy.eduhk.hk/10.1080/14992027.2024.2305685
Lena L. N. Wong, Shufeng Zhu, Yuan Chen, Xinxin Li, Wing M. C. Chan (2023). Discrimination of consonants in quiet and in noise in Mandarin-speaking children with normal hearing. PLoS One, 18(3) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0283198
Chen Y. (2022). Is Cantonese lexical tone information important for sentence recognition accuracy in quiet and in noise?. PloS one17(10), e0276254. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0276254
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Chan, S. S., & Yu, J. (2022). Speech perception in noise is associated with different cognitive abilities in Chinese-speaking older adults with and without hearing aids. Frontiers in Psychology, 12 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.640300
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Kuehnel, V., Qian, J., Voss, S. C., & Wang, S. (2021). Can dual compression offer better mandarin speech intelligibility and sound quality than fast-acting compression?. Trends in hearing, 25, .-..
Chen, Y., Wong, L., Qian, J., Kuehnel, V., Christina Voss, S., & Chen, F. (2020). The Role of Lexical Tone Information in the Recognition of Mandarin Sentences in Listeners With Hearing Aids. Ear and hearing, 41(3), 532-538.
Chen, Y., & Wong, L. (2020). Development of the Mandarin Hearing in Noise Test for Children. International Journal of Audiology, 0, 1-6.
Wong, L. L. N., Chen, Y., Leung, K. P. (2019). The Cantonese hearing in noise test for children. Trends in Hearing, 0, 0-0.
Wong, L. L. N., Chen, Y., Wang, Q. R., & Volker, K. (2018). Efficacy of hearing aid noise reduction function. Trends in Hearing, 22, 1-10.
Chen, Y., & Wong, L. L. N., (2017). Speech perception in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants: a systematic review. International Journal of Audiology, 56(sup2), S7-S16.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Zhu, S., & Xi, X. (2017). Vocabulary development in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants and its relationship with speech perception abilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 60, 243-255.
Zhu, S., Wong, L. L. N., Chen, F., Chen, Y., & Wang, B. (2016). Known-Groups and Concurrent Validity of the Mandarin Tone Identification Test (MTIT). PLoS ONE, 11(5), e0155595.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Zhu, S., & Xi, X. (2016). Early speech perception in Mandarin-speaking children at one-year post cochlear implantation. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 49-50, 1-12.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Zhu, S., & Xi, X. (2015). A structural equation modeling approach to examining factors Influencing outcomes with Cochlear implant in Mandarin-speaking children. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0136576.
Zhu, S., Wong, L. L. N., Chen, F., & Chen, Y. (2015). Consonant discrimination by Mandarin-speaking children with prelingual hearing impairment. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 79(8), 1354-1361.
Fu, Y., Chen, Y., Xi, X., Hong, M., Chen, A., Wang, Q., & Wong, L. L. N. (2015). The development of early auditory and speech perception skills after one year of cochlear implant use by children with prelingual hearing impairment. The Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck, 50(4), 274-280.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Chen, F., & Xi, X. (2014). Tone and sentence perception in young Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 78(11), 1923-1930.
Publication in policy or professional journal
Wong, L. L. N., Sultana, N., & Chen, Y. (2017). Language Matters: Considerations in Measuring Speech Intelligibility. The Hearing Journal, 70(8), 8-9.

Conference Papers
Invited conference paper
Chen Y. (2024, May). 听⼒障碍⼉童看护者育⼉压⼒及影响因素. 特殊教育與輔導學系「攜手同行」特殊教育研討會 2024, Hong Kong SAR..
Chen Y. (2024, April). Hearing Impairment-Related Stress in Families with Children with Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants.. Paper presented the American Academy of Audiology 2024 (AAA 2024) Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, the United States..
Chen Yuan (2023, April). Auditory Brainstem Response to Complex Sounds. Online Audiology Journal Club, Hong Kong.
Chen Yuan (2022,6). 提高老年人噪聲下聆聽能力:一個結合工作記憶訓練和聽覺訓練的綜合居家訓練項目。論文發表於「EDTECH教育科技研討會2022:特殊教育科技的創新和發展」,Hong Kong。
Chen, Y., Wong, L., Kuehnel, V., Qian, J., Voss, S. C., & Shangqiguo, W. (2021, July). Compare Mandarin Speech Intelligibility and Sound Quality between Dual and Fast-Acting Compression. Interdisciplinary Technologies for Auditory Prostheses 2021 (ITAP 2021), Shen Zhen, China..
Chen, Y. (2021, April). Development of three verbal working memory tests for application in cognitive hearing research. Interdisciplinary Technologies for Auditory Prostheses 2021 (ITAP 2021), Shen Zhen, China..
CHEN, Yuan (2019, May). How important is lexical tone information for the recognition of Chinese sentences: evidence from Mandarin- and Cantonese-speakers with normal hearing and hearing aids. Technical Note International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA) 2019 Program, Hong Kong, China.
Chen Y., Wong, L. L. N. (2018, October). The importance of tone contour on sentence intelligibility in Mandarin speaker with Hearing aids. Paper presented at World Congress of Audiology 2018. Cape Town, South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Wang, Q. R., & Volker, K. (2017, December). Efficacy of Hearing Aid Noise Reduction Function. Invited paper presented at the International Workshop on the Impact of Auditory and Visual Impairment and its Community Care Solutions (AVICCS), Shenzhen, China.
Wong, L. L. N., & Chen, Y. (2017). A review on outcomes with cochlear implants in Mandarin-speaking children. Invited talk at the first conference for family-centered early intervention for deaf/hard of hearing children and their families, Yinchuan, China
Chen, Y. (2014, June). Speech perception measures for children with cochlear implants. Invited workshop at the 4th cochlear implants and hearing aids conference, Dalin, China.
Refereed conference paper
Chen Y., Wong, L. L. N. & Xi, X. (2014, July). The relationship between tone perception and sentence perception in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants. Paper presented at the Coalition for Global Hearing Health - 2014, Oxford, UK.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., & XI, X. (2014, May). Factors Influencing Vocabulary Skills in Mandarin-Speaking Children with Cochlear Implants. Paper presented at the XXXII World Congress of Audiology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Wong, A. M. Y., & Xi, X. (2013, November). Effects of age at implantation on vocabulary development in Mandarin-speaking children implanted before 3 years of age. Paper presented at the Audiology for Tomorrow: International Conference on Recent Developments, Hong Kong.
Other conference paper
Chen Y., Wong, L. L. N. & Xi, X. (2014, March). Tone perception in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear Implants. Paper presented at the Three Minute Thesis Competition 2014, Hong Kong.

Creative and Literary Works, Consulting Reports and Case Studies
Computer software or system
Chen Yuan (2023). The Cantonese version of the Text Reception Threshed Test. Hong Kong
Chen Yuan (2023). A home-delivery web-based auditory training program for adults with hearing impairment. Hong Kong

Projects

Efficacy of a novel auditory-working-memory training program in improving speech-in-noise perception, cognitive functions, and subcortical encoding of pitch in older adults with untreated hearing impa
The aim of this project is to design a novel auditory-working-memory training program and examine the effectiveness of this training program in older adults with untreated hearing impairment
Project Start Year: 2024, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan
 
Objective Neural Indices of Mandarin Speech-in-noise Perception
Auditory Brainstem Responses to complex speech (cABR) is a scalp-recorded physiological measurement that reflects synchronous patterns of action potentials at the subcortical neural structures. The CABR is non-invasive and does not require attention or any active participation of the listener. Previous studies have showed that the cABR could reflect stream segregation and is language experience dependent. Stream segregation and language experience are two elements significantly affecting sentence perception. Therefore, we hypothesized that cABR could be an objective neural indices of speech-in-noise perception in young adults. 30 native Mandarin speaking college students and 30 native Cantonese speaking college students will be included. Speech perception in noise tests and CABR will be recorded in a sound booth. Correlation analysis will be performed to examine the relationship between CABR and speech perception in noise.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源
 
Development an Adaptive Training Program Incorporating Verbal Working Memory and Auditory Training for Chinese Older Adults with Mild Hearing Impairment
Older adults often report having difficulty in understanding speech when background noise is presented (Anderson, Parbery-Clark, Yi, & Kraus, 2011). This speech-in-noise (SIN) perception difficulty could not be accurately predicted by the peripheral hearing loss and can be even observed in older adults who have normal hearing (Souza, Pamela E., Boike, Witherell, & Tremblay, 2007). This is because age-related sensory declines are accomplished with degraded cognition and central auditory processing (e.g., decreased temporal precision at central levels of the auditory system), which can be hardly restored by hearing aid amplification (Anderson, White-Schwoch, Choi, & Kraus, 2013). Therefore, we developed a computer-based auditory/working memory training program to improve speech perception and working memory in older adults with hearing impairment. It is the first auditory/cognitive training program targeted for Cantonese-speaking older adults. We have trailed in 6 participants and found the training could significantly improve speech perception and working memory capacity. The next step is to work with NGO and communities to examine its efficacy with a larger sample size using a randomized active-controlled trial. Therefore, the external grants (e.g., PPR and GRF) are being sought.
Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源
 
Development of a Mandarin Speech Perception Battery
The goal of hearing rehabilitation (HR) is to help children with hearing
impairment (HI) achieve their best potentials in speech and language ability, to
integrate into the mainstream and to maximize their contributions in the society. HR
typically consists of fitting of hearing aids or cochlear implants (CIs), followed by
years of auditory training and speech and language therapy.
The Chinese government and philanthropic efforts are funding CIs because
research has demonstrated the efficacy of these devices in English-speaking children.
However, little is known about the long-term efficacy in Mandarin-speaking children,
partly due to a lack of standardized assessment tools of speech perception. Clinicians
do not have a systematic way to identify specific areas of speech perception for
training and listening device adjustment.
There are many shortcomings associated with currently available Mandarin
perception measures. They either do not adequately survey speech perception or
would take too much time to administer, thus not suitable for children with limited
attention span. Most importantly, their psychometric properties have not been verified
and none evaluates perception in noise, which is eminently present in daily
environments. Because of differences in test stimuli and administration methods,
inconsistent findings have also been reported (Zhu, Wong, Chen et al., 2015a).
Thus, the proposed research will develop and validate tests to evaluate Mandarin
consonant and vowel discrimination. Together with the Mandarin Tone Identification
Test (the MTIT, Zhu, Wong, & Chen et al., 2014a) previously developed by the
same investigators, they will make up a battery of Mandarin speech perception
measures. The research methodology is grounded on investigators’ experience in
developing the MTIT and research on Mandarin speech perception and production (Li
& To, 2017; Zhu, Wong, Chen et al., 2015b). Materials for the consonant
discrimination test have been developed and evalua

Project Start Year: 2020, Principal Investigator(s): Wong, L.L.N (CHEN, Yuan 陳源 as Collaborator)
 
Development an Adaptive Training Program Incorporating Verbal Working Memory and Auditory Training for Chinese Older Adults with Mild Hearing Impairment
The aim of the current study was to develop a computer-based training program to improve communication and cognitive abilities in Chinese Older Adults with Mild Hearing Impairment.
Project Start Year: 2019, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源
 
Development of the Cantonese Text Reception Threshold Test
This project is aimed at developing a Cantonese version of the Text Reception Threshold test, a visual analog to the Hearing In Noise Test.
Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源
 
Are Lexical Tones Important for Cantonese Sentence Perception?
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Project Start Year: 2018, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源
 
The Important of Lexical Tone Information on Sentence Perception in Quiet and in Noise in Mandarin-Speaking Adults Using Hearing Aids
Examination of the importance of lexical tone information on sentence perception in quiet and in noise in Mandarin-speaking adults using hearing aids.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源
 
Modeling Relationships Among Cognitive, Psychoacoustic, and Speech Perception Skills in Mandarin Speaker with Normal Hearing
The aim of this study is to model the relationships among cognition, psychoacoustic abilities and speech perception in Cantonese-speaking adults with normal hearing. Results will be compared with those from individuals with hearing impairments in the future studies.
Project Start Year: 2017, Principal Investigator(s): CHEN, Yuan 陳源