Impact of Auditory–Oral Education on Device Use in Children With Hearing Loss

Chrisanda Sanchez, Jennifer Coto, Daniela Berrios, Ivette Cejas

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Purpose: This study examined changes in datalogging for children attending an auditory–oral educational program with integrated audiology services versus children attending a mainstream or nonspecialized program. Method: Eighty children participated in this study, half of which were enrolled in an auditory–oral educational program versus the nonspecialized or mainstream setting. Datalogging for cochlear implant and hearing aid users was obtained via retrospective medical and educational chart review from 2016 to 2019. Results: Results demonstrated that at post-enrollment, children attending the auditory–oral educational program significantly increased device wear time (as measured by average hours/day) when compared to the control group. Children using hearing aids enrolled in the specialized educational program obtained the largest improvement in overall wear time, averaging an increase of 5 hr/day of device use from pre-to post-enrollment. Conclusions: This is the first study to document the association of specialized educational programs on device use. Clinical and educational programs should collaborate to provide integrated services to lessen family burden and increase a child’s device use and retention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-230
Number of pages9
JournalLanguage, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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