Is Early Intervention Effective in Improving Spoken Language Outcomes of Children With Congenital Hearing Loss? Purpose The purpose of this research forum article was to present research findings on the effectiveness of early intervention for improving outcomes of children with congenital hearing loss. Method The method involved a narrative overview of recent findings from the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment study. ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 01, 2015
Is Early Intervention Effective in Improving Spoken Language Outcomes of Children With Congenital Hearing Loss?
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Teresa Y. C. Ching
    National Acoustic Laboratories, Australian Hearing, Sydney, Australia
    HEARing CRC, Australia
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Teresa Y. C. Ching: teresa.ching@nal.gov.au
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / Early Identification & Intervention / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Research Forum: Intervention and Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
Is Early Intervention Effective in Improving Spoken Language Outcomes of Children With Congenital Hearing Loss?
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 345-348. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0007
History: Received January 12, 2015 , Revised February 8, 2015 , Accepted February 15, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 345-348. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0007
History: Received January 12, 2015; Revised February 8, 2015; Accepted February 15, 2015
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Purpose The purpose of this research forum article was to present research findings on the effectiveness of early intervention for improving outcomes of children with congenital hearing loss.

Method The method involved a narrative overview of recent findings from the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment study.

Results Early intervention, either in the form of amplification or cochlear implantation, was associated with higher language scores. Maternal education and communication mode used during early intervention were also significant contributors to child outcomes. Early performance predicted later language development.

Conclusion Early intervention is effective in improving early language outcomes, at a population level.

Acknowledgments
The project was partly supported by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (R01DC008080). The content is solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute on Deafness or Other Communication Disorders or of the National Institutes of Health. Financial support was also provided by the HEARing CRC, established and supported under the Cooperative Research Centres Program—an initiative of the Australian Government; the Office of Hearing Services in Australia, the NSW Department of Health; Phonak Ltd.; and the Oticon Foundation. The project was conducted by the LOCHI team at the National Acoustic Laboratories in Australia, in collaboration with partners of the HEARing CRC. Thanks are due to Harvey Dillon, Linda Cupples, and Greg Leigh, who contributed to the study design; Julia Day and Patricia Van Buynder, who coordinated all data collection; and Vivienne Marnane, who provided administrative support. The current LOCHI team includes Lauren Burns, Laura Button, Christopher Flynn, Vivienne Marlane, Miriam Gunnourie, Sanna Hou, Louise Martin, Karen McGhie, Jessica Sjahalam-King, Patricia Van Buynder, Jessica Whitfield, and Vicky Zhang. This research forum article was presented as a paper at the special session on Intervention and Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss at the Hearing Across the Lifespan 2014 Conference in Lake Como, Italy.
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