Talking to your baby from birth [especially when hearing-devices are worn], is crucial for their infant language development. While most babies hear for two months before birth, there will be babies with hearing devices who need to build up their word and sound-vocabulary after missing sounds earlier on. Chatting During Family Time One book, Small
A parent briefing was held in Dublin on May 10th, 2014 by the national cochlear implant centre (NCIC) in Ireland to advise parents on timelines for the bilateral cochlear implant programme to roll out from July 2014. Key dates: July 21st – First simultaneous bilateral cochlear implant surgery July 23rd – First sequential bilateral cochlear implant
We hear the term ‘disruptive technology’ used in consumer terms, one very visible example being the superseding of digital cameras by quality camera-phones. Another example was Netflix moving its services online. The writer of the below piece looks at bilateral cochlear implants in the same context: Read: Bilateral cochlear implants as a disruptive technology Defining Disruption
For over 30 years, families used cued speech to give deaf children visual access to sounds for lipreading (speechreading in the US) and to facilitate the child’s literacy by using the family’s language for reading and writing. Visual Cues To Speech Sounds A very small number of children (with today’s digital hearing-devices) don’t get to hear
A child’s language ability may benefit their working memory, according to a new study from Indiana University. Spoken language is shown to have more effect than pictures when getting a child to direct their eyes to an object. Read: Children spot objects faster, when prompted by words One conclusion from researchers, Catarina Vales and Linda
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,
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