Monitoring Progress for Children with Hearing Loss
Perspectives of Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children
This study investigated average hours of daily hearing aid use and speech-language outcomes for children age 3 to 6 years of age with hearing loss.
Objective measures of hearing aid use were collected via data logging. Speech and language measures included standardized measures GFTA-2, CELF Preschool-2 and additional item analyses for the word structure subtest CELF Preschool-2 and the GFTA-2.
Hearing aid use was full time for 33% of the children (n=3; M=8.84 hours; Range: 2.9–12.1) at the beginning of the study, and for 78% at the end of the study (n=7; M=9.89 hours; Range 2.6–13.2). All participants demonstrated an improvement in articulation and language standard scores and percentiles however continued to demonstrate areas of weakness in sounds high-frequency in nature.
Through early identification and fitting, children gain access to speech sounds. Both standardized measures and individual language analysis should be used to identify and support children with hearing loss in language and subsequent literacy development.
Weston, M., Muñoz, K., & Blaiser, K. (December, 2014). Monitoring Progress for Children with Hearing Loss Perspectives of Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Children, 24(2), 74-81. doi:10/1044/hhdc24.2.74