Purpose of the Study
Early identification of hearing loss and improved auditory prostheses have increased expectations that children with hearing loss will be able to develop spoken language equivalent to that of their peers with normal hearing. The goal of this research project is to examine how children with hearing loss who are learning spoken language are faring in the early elementary grades. For that purpose, children with HL are being tested from kindergarten through grade four on a variety of measures evaluating psychosocial development, cognition, spoken language perception and production, reading, and writing. Results will be compared to data collected from children with normal hearing (NH) tested as part of the same protocol. All children to be tested participated in the first cycle of this project, and so were evaluated between the ages of one and four years. On all dependent language measures, means for children with HL were roughly one standard deviation below means for their typically developing peers with NH in those early years, leaving them at a disadvantage going into elementary school. The primary focus of this current cycle is to examine how these children do when they enter mainstream educational settings where language demands are expected to escalate.

This grant is funded by the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD) – Grant number R01 DC 006237.

Read the abstract about the grant at the NIH website.
The results of the study are available as a book, now out from Plural Publishing. Click on the book image or click here for a description of the book or to purchase your copy.