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Speech Perception and Language Acquisition in Children with Hearing Impairments

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Administrative Details
Grant Period:

2009 – 2012

Investigators: Katrin Skoruppa
Stuart Rosen
 
Overview

How do children with hearing aids and cochlear implants learn their native language?

Can they use the same learning mechanisms and acoustic cues as their normal-hearing peers?

In this study, we examine what children with hearing impairments know about the sound structure of their native language. We are also interested in finding out how they acquire this knowledge and whether it is correlated with their vocabulary and grammar skills. We have developed a child-friendly testing protocol that consist of computerized listening games with friendly zoo animals and alien characters and
widely used standardized language tests. The study is divided into two sessions of around 30 minutes each, with a break of at least 15 minutes in between. It takes place at children's schools, or in our new ICL research facilities in Chandler House (WC1N 1PF).

We are currently looking for children with and without hearing impairments who are between four and nine years old to take part in our study. Click here for further details about the study, or contact Katrin Skoruppa k.skoruppa@ucl.ac.uk, 02076794270 if you and your child are interested.

 

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