A new study highlighted by Science Daily is showing the correlation between early hearing services for hard of hearing children and language development.
“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 found that early identification of hearing problems can help with social skills, speech, and academic success. “The study also revealed that providing children with well-fit hearing aids is associated with better rates of language development.“
Unsurprisingly, this adds to the benefit of well-fitted hearing aids for young children. “Researchers and clinicians have assumed that hearing aids should be good for hard-of -hearing youth in terms of learning, speech, language, and socialization.”
“Importantly the new study also discovered that many hard of hearing children who receive optimal, early services are able to “catch up or significantly close the gaps with their hearing peers.’”
Original Article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151027213637.htm