• Users Online: 468
  • Home
  • Print this page
  • Email this page
Home About us Editorial board Search Ahead of print Current issue Archives Submit article Instructions Subscribe Contacts Login 
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 237-242

Value of early intervention for hearing impairment on language and speech acquisition

1 Department of ENT, Audiology Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
2 Department of ENT, Phoniatric Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Ahmad Khater
ENT Department, Phoniatric Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1012-5574.138483

Rights and Permissions

Background It is well known that early diagnosis and intervention for hearing impairment is crucial for normal development of language and speech and for a normal life in the future. This study was carried out on 58 patients suffering from sensory-neural hearing loss. They were divided into four groups: Group A (n = 16) Group B (n = 22) Group C (n = 14) Group D (n = 6). The first three groups had severe sensory-neural hearing loss and were bilaterally amplified with hearing aids at the time of diagnosis. They were classified according to the age of amplification into group A, which included children amplified before 6 months of age, group B, which included children amplified between 6 and 12 months of age, and group C, comprising children amplified at 12-24 months of age. The last group (group D) included six children with severe to profound sensory-neural hearing loss. This group had undergone unilateral cochlear implantation. Children of this group were implanted at the age of 4 ± 1.2 years. For all children language and speech assessment was performed at school age. The results were compared among all groups. Conclusion Hearing intervention at the age of 6 months had the best outcome in terms of language development, even when compared with the group with late cochlear implantation.

Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded263    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal