Hearing well impacts every area of a child’s life—language and speech development, social skills, and future academic and personal success.
Yet little research has been conducted that focuses on infants and preschoolers with mild to severe hearing loss to determine what support or services will help them succeed.
A large-scale longitudinal study, the first-of-its-kind in the nation, followed children ranging in age from 6 months to 7 years old who experienced mild to severe hearing loss.
The Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss (OCHL) study, conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa, Boys Town National Research Hospital, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, examined the impact of early identification and intervention on children with hearing loss.
The study’s findings were published online Oct. 27 in a monographic supplement to the November/December issue of the journal Ear and Hearing, published by the American Auditory Society.
Source: Iowa Now