Communication Development in Early-Identified Children With Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss Purpose This clinical focus article provides preliminary findings from a multicenter longitudinal study investigating auditory and communication development in children with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss of any degree. Method A total of 100 children (55 with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss and 45 with normal ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 01, 2015
Communication Development in Early-Identified Children With Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elizabeth M. Fitzpatrick
    University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ontario, Canada
  • Andrée Durieux-Smith
    University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ontario, Canada
  • Isabelle Gaboury
    University of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
    Centre de Recherche of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
  • Douglas Coyle
    University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • JoAnne Whittingham
    Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ontario, Canada
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Elizabeth M. Fitzpatrick: elizabeth.fitzpatrick@uottawa.ca
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Development / Hearing Disorders / Research Forum: Intervention and Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
Communication Development in Early-Identified Children With Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 349-353. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0003
History: Received January 6, 2015 , Revised February 15, 2015 , Accepted March 1, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 349-353. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0003
History: Received January 6, 2015; Revised February 15, 2015; Accepted March 1, 2015
Web of Science® Times Cited: 6

Purpose This clinical focus article provides preliminary findings from a multicenter longitudinal study investigating auditory and communication development in children with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss of any degree.

Method A total of 100 children (55 with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss and 45 with normal hearing) underwent 1 or more assessments from a battery of auditory and language measures.

Results Children up to age 4 years demonstrated auditory and language skills similar to those of children with normal hearing.

Conclusions Factors that affect outcomes in communication development will be explored as additional data are collected in this ongoing study.

Acknowledgments
This research was supported by Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant 93705. A Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Grant to E. Fitzpatrick is also acknowledged. This clinical focus article was presented at a special session, “Intervention and Outcomes of Children With Hearing Loss,” at the Hearing Across the Life Span Conference, Como, Italy, in June 2014. We are grateful to the many families and clinical programs for their ongoing participation in this project. We thank graduate students Karine Nadeau and Chloé Robichaud for their contributions to early data analysis. We thank Nusaiba Sallam, Viviane Grandpierre, and Caroline Basso for assistance with test scoring and Erin McSweeney for data collection. We also acknowledge the contributions of several other students and assistants in the Child Hearing Lab throughout this project.
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