We will be testing the summer of 2017!

We have received funding from the NIH! We will be contacting families with children currently in 6th, 8th, and 9th grade to schedule you for testing. The camp calendar is now available--just click to see what dates still have slots open!

We remain delighted and encouraged when we think about the loyalty all of you have shown for this research project. Your continued participation has made it one of the longest ongoing studies of children with hearing loss to date. We have been able to collect a great deal of data, allowing us to gather insights that should shape the kind of intervention children with hearing loss obtain in the future.

Those of you who have children with normal hearing deserve special notice. We are fond of telling colleagues that this is not only one of the longest ongoing studies of children with hearing loss, but it is one of the longest ongoing studies of language acquisition - period! We have learned so much about how language and literacy develop typically, and the web of relationships among the various skills clustered under that language and literacy heading.

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Selected Publications
Through early diagnosis, appropriate listening aids, and timely intervention, most children can acquire the spoken language skills they will need to succeed later in school and participate fully in society. But professionals disagree about what constitutes the "best" method of helping children acquire spoken language. That's why the National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD) decided to support research on outcomes for infants and toddlers diagnosed with permanent hearing loss.

"Ongoing research needs to be conducted so that we can match the child to the methodology sooner. At the present time it is more trial and error."

David Luterman
November 16, 2004 The ASHA Leader

Dr. Susan Nittrouer, herself the parent of a child with hearing loss, is overseeing a grant funded by the NIH-NIDCD to study outcomes. The previous grant was titled Early Development of Children with Hearing Loss (EDCHL) and the current grant is titled Spoken Language in Adolescents with Hearing Loss (SLAHL).
Nittrouer, S., & Caldwell-Tarr, A., (2016). Language and literacy skills in children with cochlear implants: Past and present findings. In Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Learning and the Brain. N. Young and K. Iler Kirk (eds.), Springer (New York). pdf

Nittrouer, S. (2016). Integrated Language Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss. In
Pediatric Cochlear Implantation: Learning and the Brain. N. Young and K. Iler Kirk (eds.), Springer (New York.) pdf

Nittrouer, S., Lowenstein, J. H., & Holloman, C. (2016). Early predictors of phonological and morphosyntactic skills in second graders with cochlear implants.
Res. Dev. Disabil. 55, 143-160. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2016.03.020 pdf

Nittrouer, S. (2016). Beyond early intervention: Supporting children with CIs through elementary school.
Otol. Neurotol. 37, e43-e49. DOI: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000906 pdf

Moberly, A. C., Lowenstein, J. H., & Nittrouer, S. (2016). Early bimodal stimulation benefits language acquisition for children with cochlear implants.
Otol. Neurotol. 37, 24-30. DOI: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000871 pdf

Moberly, A. C., Lowenstein, J. H., & Nittrouer, S. (2016). Word recognition variability with cochlear implants; “Perceptual attention” versus “auditory sensitivity”.
Ear. Hear. 37, 14-26. DOI: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000204 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Kuess, J., & Lowenstein, J. H. (2015). Speech perception of sine-wave signals by children with cochlear implants.
J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 2811-2822. DOI: 10.1121/1.4919316. pdf

Nittrouer, S. & Lowenstein, J. H. (2015). Weighting of acoustic cues to a manner distinction by children with and without hearing loss.
J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 58, 1077-1092. doi: 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-H-14-0263 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Caldwell-Tarr, A., Sansom, E., Twersky, J. & Lowenstein, J.H. (2014). Nonword repetition in children with cochlear implants: A potential clinical marker of poor language acquisition.
Am J Speech Lang Pathol 23, 679-695. doi: 10.1044/2014_AJSLP-14-0040 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Caldwell-Tarr, A., Moberly, A.C., & Lowenstein, J.H. (2014). Perceptual weighting strategies of children with cochlear implants and normal hearing.
J Comm Disord 52, 111-133. doi: 10.1016/j.jcomdis.2014.09.003 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Sansom, E., Low, K., Rice, C., & Caldwell-Tarr, A., (2014). Language Structures Used by Kindergartners with Cochlear Implants: Relationship to Phonological Awareness, Lexical Knowledge and Hearing Loss.
Ear & Hearing, 35, 506-518 pdf

McGowan, R. W., McGowen, R. S., Denny, M., & Nittrouer, S., (2014). A Longitudinal Study of Very Young Children's Vowel Production
Speech Lang Hear Res, 57, 1-15. pdf

Moberly, A. C., Welling, D. B., & Nittrouer, S. (2013). Detecting Soft Failures in Pediatric Cochlear Implants: Relating Behavior to Language Outcomes.
Otology & Neurotology 34, 1648-1655 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Caldwell-Tarr, A., & Lowenstein, J.H. (2013). Working memory in children with cochlear implants: Problems are in storage, not processing.
Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhi. 77, 1886-1898 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Caldwell-Tarr, A., Tarr, E., Lowenstein, J.H., Rice, C., & Moberly, A.C. (2013). Improving speech-in-noise recognition for children with hearing loss: Potential effects of language abilities, binaural summation, and head shadow.
Int J Audiol 52, 513-525 pdf

Caldwell, A. & Nittrouer, S. (2013). Speech perception in noise by children with cochlear implants.
J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 56, 13-30 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Caldwell, A. & Holloman, C.(2012). Measuring what matters: Effectively predicting language and literacy in children with cochlear implants.
Int. J. Pediatr. Otorhi. 76 (8), 1148-1158 pdf

Nittrouer, S., Caldwell, A., Lowenstein, J., Tarr, E. & Holloman, C.(2012). Emergent literacy in kindergartners with cochlear implants.
Ear & Hearing 33 (6), 683-697. pdf

Nittrouer, S. & Chapman, C.(2009). The Effects of Bilateral Electric and Bimodal Electric-Acoustic Stimulation on Language Development.
Trends in Amplif. 13 (3), 190-205. pdf

McGowan, R., Nittrouer, S. & Chenausky, K.(2008). Speech Production in 12-Month-Old Children With and Without Hearing Loss.
J. Speech Lang. Hear. Res. 51., 879-888. pdf
About the Study
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This video was created during the summer of 2012. The above video reflects the combined perspective of research being conducted in our laboratory.