Impact of Impaired Hearing on Language Acquisition

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Although there are many difficulties such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Stuttering and Selective Mutism, all of which impact greatly on language acquisition, Cherry (2011) focuses on impaired hearing, providing not only an overview of the condition but also the means with which to positively impact on language acquisition.

Bercow (2008) refers to the importance of communication as central to all learning. Cherry discusses this further referring to the significance of hearing and listening with regards to the development of language and literacy. The EYFS (EE,2012) reiterates this placing ‘Listening and Attention’ as a subsection within the ‘prime area’ ‘Communication and Language’.

However when the ability to hear is compromised, developmental norms are then in jeopardy. Cherry refers to the leading cause of hearing impairment/loss in the child as Otis Media/glue ear due to the immature immune system. Furthermore MacLeod-Brudenell (2008) highlights premature birth and physical differences in the child also impacting on he...

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