Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education


Kristina M. Blaiser


Historically, children with hearing loss have struggled to attain levels of literacy commensurate with typical hearing peers (Marschark, 2007), however, due to the use of advanced hearing technology (i.e., hearing aids and cochlear implants), children with hearing loss have demonstrated improved literacy outcomes (Johnson & Goswami, 2010). Standardized literacy, language, cognitive assessments and speech perception measures were administered to 11 preschool-age children using either hearing aids or cochlear implants. Descriptive analysis was provided regarding performance on each assessment. Correlations were made between early literacy and speech, language, and cognitive standardized test scores, speech perception measures, and hearing-related factors. Results indicated that preschool children with hearing loss are performing within the average range on early literacy measures. There is also variability among children with hearing loss on their early literacy performance. Auditory and visual cognitive processing is correlated with early literacy skills.


This work made publicly available electronically on December 19, 2012.