Over the past ten years, there has been a remarkable change in the early identification of children born with hearing loss. Federal legislation supporting state programs facilitated the initiation of universal newborn identifying children which has led to approximately 95% of babies screened shortly after birth.
Before the enactment of widespread hearing screening for newborn, the average age of identification of hearing loss was 2.5 years. Children may now be fit with hearing technology when they can best benefit from it. Early intervention, combined with advanced hearing technology options, means that young children today have the potential to develop age-appropriate spoken language.
Reaching children early means the process of learning to listen can occur in a natural manner relying upon parents and other family members to be their child’s first teacher—just as they are with typically hearing children. There are specific parent coaching strategies and home activities that should be emphasized by professionals involved in family-centered therapy to help t facilitate spoken language development in young children who have (or will receive) cochlear implants.
This video provides background on the benefits of family-centered auditory therapy.
Information on related research that has been presented at ACI Alliance conferences can be found in the conferences area of the website by reviewing session materials such as the Abstracts and the Powerpoint Presentations.
Cochlear receives FDA approval to lower age of pediatric cochlear implantation
On March 18, Cochlear received FDA approval to lower the age of pediatric cochlear implantation to 9 months. This important change is backed by research and clinical practice that has demonstrated that the earlier a child receives access to sound, the sooner they can develop speech and language. This important change will improve access to the life changing benefits of cochlear implants.