- Short Contents
- About the Editors
- The Promises (?) of Deaf Education:: From Research to Practice and Back Again
- The History of Language and Communication Issues in Deaf Education
- Legal Advocacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in Education
- Preparing Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Effective Instruction for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students:: Teaching Strategies, School Settings, and Student Characteristics
- Supporting Students in General Education Classrooms
- Current and Future Technologies in the Education of Deaf Students
- Evidence-based Curricula and Practices That Support Development of Reading Skills
- Will Cochlear Implants Close the Reading Achievement Gap for Deaf Students?
- The Demands of Writing and the Deaf Writer
- Mathematics Instruction and Learning of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students:: What Do We Know? Where Do We Go?
- Deaf Children with Severe Multiple Disabilities:: Etiologies, Intervention, and Assessment
- Reflections on Identity
- Deaf Studies in the 21st Century:: “Deaf-gain” and the Future of Human Diversity
- Cochlear Implants:: Family and Young People’s Perspectives
- The Impact of Early Identification of Deafness on Hearing Parents
- How Does Speech Intelligibility Affect Self and Others’ Perceptions of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People?
- Emerging Sign Languages
- Early Language Acquisition and Adult Language Ability:: What Sign Language Reveals About the Critical Period for Language
- Communication Choices and Outcomes During the Early Years:: An Assessment and Evidence-based Approach
- Early Communication in Sign and Speech
- Language Acquisition and Critical Periods for Children Using Cochlear Implants
- Newborn Screening and Earlier Intervention with Deaf Children:: Issues for the Developing World
- Prelinguistic Vocalizations in Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Loss:: Identifying and Stimulating Auditory-guided Speech Development
- Children and Youth Who Are Hard of Hearing:: Hearing Accessibility, Acoustical Context, and Development
- Performance Outcomes for Adult Cochlear Implant Users
- Play and Theory of Mind:: Indicators and Engines of Early Cognitive Growth
- Learning Disabilities in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children
- Executive Function, Cognitive Control, and Sequence Learning in Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants
- Working Memory, Deafness, and Sign Language
- Paradigm Shifts, Difficult Truths, and an Increasing Knowledge Base in Deaf Education
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
Children and youth who are hard of hearing comprise a substantial proportion of the birth to young adult population with hearing loss, but in spite of this, researchers have paid scant attention to this group, in comparison to their peers who are deaf. However, there is currently a growing interest in the development of children whose hearing losses range from mild to severe. This focus has come about in part because of the widespread implementation of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI), which is resulting in far earlier diagnosis and intervention—and improved outcomes across domains—than was evident in the past, and in part because of improved amplification technologies. Taken together, the overall impact of EHDI and improved amplification options is that there appears to be an increase in the population of children who are now able to develop functional communication skills more characteristic of hard-of-hearing children than of deaf children.
The aims of this chapter are to consider (1) the challenges inherent in interpreting research on individuals who are hard of hearing in the absence of a consistent definition, (2) outcomes in terms of speech and language development in children who are hard of hearing, (3) the vital role of acoustic ecology and hearing accessibility in the lives of children and youth who are hard of hearing, (4) the relationship between hearing accessibility and identity construction in hard-of-hearing adolescents, and (5) the actual and anticipated impact of newborn hearing screening and early intervention for this population.
Janet R. Jamieson Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education The University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC Canada
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