The Childhood Development after Cochlear Implantation (CDaCI) study is a longitudinal multicenter investigation designed to identify factors influencing spoken language in young deaf children with cochlear implants. Normal-hearing peers serve as controls. As part of a comprehensive evaluation battery, a speech recognition hierarchy was designed to assess how well these children recognize speech stimuli across developmental stages. Data were analyzed for the earliest measures in 42 pairs of children reaching 1 year of follow-up. A number of children in the cochlear implant group who met criteria for testing approached levels of performance similar to the normal-hearing controls, and some could identify sentences in competition. These results demonstrate the responsiveness of the speech recognition hierarchy in tracking emergent skills from a sample of the CDaCI cohort.
- Cochlear implants
- Severe to profound hearing loss
- Speech recognition
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