Title: 'An Investigation of the Relationship Between Hours of Hearing Aid Use and Phonological and Morphological Development'
Track: 2 - Audiological Services
Learning Objectives:


When hearing loss is present, consistent access to appropriately amplified speech is foundational for spoken language development; however, objective measurement of hearing aid use has not been included in outcome studies. Recent research has revealed hearing aid use is variable for young children and parent report has been found to overestimate use time. This case study investigated the relationship between objective measurements of average daily hearing aid use and speech-language outcomes for children age 3-to 6- years of age with hearing loss. Participants included 9 children with bilateral hearing loss between 3 to 6 years of age. Objective measures of hearing aid use were collected via datalogging. Speech and language measures included standardized measures GFTA-2, CELF Preschool-2 and PBK and informal item analyses for the subtest CELF Preschool-2 and for frequency sound errors on the GFTA-2. All participants demonstrated an improvement in language standard scores and percentiles. Word structure raw scores increased on average 4.9 points across participants. Five out of nine participants had an increase in GFTA-2 standard scores, however all nine improved across production of mid and high frequency sounds. The results from this case study have implications for future studies. It is likely that consistency of hearing aid use contributes to outcomes through interaction of other variables (i.e. degree of hearing loss, maternal educational level etc.) Future studies may compare early education center location and attendance as a variable that might influence outcomes.
Presentation: 1449MonicaWeston.pdf

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Monica Weston - POC,Author
Utah State University
     Other Affiliations: Utah State University

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Karen Muñoz - Author
Utah State University
     Credentials: Ed.D., CCC-A
     Other Affiliations: Utah State University

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Kristina Blaiser - Author
Idaho State University
     Credentials: Ph.D., CCC-SLP
      Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Idaho State University-Meridian. Dr. Blaiser has extensive experience leading early childhood education programs and evaluating the outcomes of children who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Her research interests include program evaluation and graduate training related to assessment and early intervention practices of children who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing. Dr. Blaiser’s recent work has focused on using telehealth to support families in early intervention. Kristina is the Program Development Manager for ASHA SIG 9: Hearing Loss and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, has served as a consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), and is Vice President for the OPTION Schools network.

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - Has a Professional relationship for Board membership.