|The Impact of Hearing Loss on Childhood Development and Family Constellation|
As families seek resources for their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, it can be difficult to understand the recent research and evidence base. Families turn to professionals for knowledge that is factual, timely, and current. This forum will address several factors that are impacted by family involvement and related recent evidence, allowing professionals to make more specific recommendations to families to reach a desired outcome for listening and spoken language.
Our understanding of factors that impact development and overall outcomes in children with hearing loss is ever-changing. New discoveries are leading to a deeper understanding of the complex and interrelated family behaviors that result in the comprehension, production, and use of language. The 2019 Research Forum will offer scientists a platform to share their findings in this area and their theories about how this research could predict speech, language, and hearing outcomes using specific interventions to address hearing loss.
2019 Research Forum Presenters:
Sophie Ambrose, Ph.D.
Center for Childhood Deafness, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska
This presentation brings together data from several studies to provide a picture of the challenges faced by professionals and parents in supporting the hearing device use of infants and toddlers. The presentation will highlight tools that professionals can utilize to better understand how often children are wearing their hearing devices and what supports families need to optimize device use. Additionally, evidence-based strategies for supporting children’s hearing device use will be shared.
Ivette Cejas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology and Psychology, University of Miami; Director of the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center at UHealth Ear Institute
Parents play a critical role in facilitating language development in children with hearing loss. Specifically, the quality of parent-child interactions, including maternal sensitivity (MS) and facilitative language techniques (FLTs) have been shown to positively affect children’s spoken language. This presentation will report on a parent-focused intervention to improve parental sensitivity and communication (Parent-Child Early Approaches to Raising Language Skills – PEARLS). The effectiveness and feasibility of this intervention will also be discussed.
Laurie Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation (CDaCI) is a prospective national investigation that tracks developmental outcomes in a group of children implanted in early childhood. Taking a whole-child approach, the children are assessed with regard to spoken language, speech production, speech recognition, psychosocial functioning, and cost utility / quality of life. Despite wide variability, results indicate that early access to sound via cochlear implantation is advantageous for spoken communication and other indices of development.
Rachael Holt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Speech and Hearing Science, Ohio State University
One potent and often ignored influence on development in children who are deaf or hard of hearing is the family environment. We are evaluating children who are deaf or hard of hearing with cochlear implants and hearing aids and their homes to understand how families influence spoken language and executive function development. Whereas family environments are not fundamentally different from those of hearing children, variability is seen across families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and even small changes in key family measures can have more important influences on developmental outcomes in children who are deaf and hard of hearing than hearing children. Implications for intervention will be discussed.