Children with hearing loss will develop better language skills if they get hearing aids or cochlear implants while they’re still babies, Reuters reports.
An Australian study examined data on language abilities at age 5 for children born with permanent hearing loss. The children received help at different points in childhood.
The study found that kids who received hearing aids at age 2 had worse language outcomes than the ones who got the devices fitted when they were just 3 months old. And children who got cochlear implants at age 2 also had worse language outcomes than kids who got these devices when they were 6 months old.
“Access to auditory cues in speech and language paves the way for language learning,” said lead study author Teresa Ching of the National Acoustic Laboratories Australian Hearing and the HEARing Cooperative Research Center in Australia.
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