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May 17, 2016
Early intervention benefits children with hearing loss

Children with hearing loss experience improved language development when treated early and with well-fitted hearing aids

The language development in children with hearing loss improves with early intervention. This is the result of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US.

The study examined the impact of early identification and intervention on children with hearing loss. The researchers discovered that children with mild to severe hearing loss as a group have poorer language development than their hearing peers and the impact of hearing loss on language increases as the amount of hearing loss increases.

Well-fitted hearing aids are the key
The study also revealed that providing children with well-fit hearing aids is associated with better rates of language development. Importantly the study also discovered that many hard of hearing children who receive optimal, early services are able to “catch up or significantly close the gaps with their hearing peers,” according to Bruce Tomblin, an emeritus professor at The University of Iowa’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

“Hearing well is crucial to developing linguistic skills, building social connections, and succeeding in life,” says Mary Pat Moeller, director of the Center for Childhood Deafness and the language development laboratory at the Boys Town National Research Hospital.

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