Hearing Loss, Listening, and Literacy It’s time to stop having low academic expectations for children with hearing loss. There is now good reason to believe that every child with hearing loss can learn to listen to spoken language, acquire that language, and then develop levels of literacy in the language comparable to those of ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2007
Hearing Loss, Listening, and Literacy
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  • Lyn Robertson
    Department of Education, Denison University, Granville, OH
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Article   |   September 01, 2007
Hearing Loss, Listening, and Literacy
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2007, Vol. 17, 6-8. doi:10.1044/hhdc17.2.6
SIG 9 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood, September 2007, Vol. 17, 6-8. doi:10.1044/hhdc17.2.6
It’s time to stop having low academic expectations for children with hearing loss. There is now good reason to believe that every child with hearing loss can learn to listen to spoken language, acquire that language, and then develop levels of literacy in the language comparable to those of their peers with typical hearing.
As readers of Perspectives are probably keenly aware, individuals with deafness have usually been found to read at lower levels than their normally hearing peers. One can peruse the literature beginning with a study done long ago by Pintner and Patterson (1916)  and then on to the present (Gallaudet Research Institute, 2007) and find that the data have been consistent: Average standardized reading test scores typically reported are around the fourth-grade level.
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