Several fascinating articles on cochlear implants and literacy appeared in the recent world press, some of which are collated here for reading. Early Child Literacy Child literacy improves when a cochlear implant is accessed before age 3, to maximise a child’s residual hearing, and to address early vocabulary gaps with activities like parent-child talking interactions and
Audiologists have created a new app, ‘Early Ears’, for parents to test the hearing of the 20% of children who will have glue ear by the age of five, in addition to the 80% of children likely to experience glue ear by age ten. Video: App tackles issue of ‘glue ear’ in children The app,
Children who wear digital hearing-aids consistently, have better speech and language abilities overall, due to having access to incidental sound. Researchers at the University of Iowa proved this correlation in preschool-aged children with hearing-aids by measuring (1) the benefit the aids gave the children and (2) the duration for which the aids were worn, every
Children who communicate by listening and talking can have strong literacy levels, thanks to extensive reading practice during their early-years learning to talk process. Stacey Lim, assistant professor of audiology at Central Michigan University, explains some literacy findings when infants and young children access cochlear implants with auditory verbal therapy (AVT, or learning to listen and
Canadian-born Jordan Livingston (aged 19) has won a scholarship to train toward becoming a commercial aviation pilot. The significance? He wears two cochlear implants and was born profoundly deaf, to a hearing family. Read >> Deafness doesn’t ground aspiring pilot from Rancho High Predictably, Livingston met some nay-sayers, as is reported: People wondered if Livingston
The UK has about 44,000 children with permanent hearing issues (CRIDE 2012), with over 90% being from hearing families. About two thirds of these children primarily use spoken language despite about 25% having severe to profound hearing issues that impacts their access to hearing and speech. Accessing Phonics With Hearing Devices Using hearing-aids and cochlear
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