Literacy and Hearing Loss

Earlier identification of hearing problems allows for earlier intervention and raises expectations that increasing numbers of children with hearing loss will develop language and literacy abilities that are comparable to their hearing age peers (Mayers, 2007). Studies that have investigated the factors important for reading success beyond single word decoding have found a number of factors to be critical for advanced reading skill development in individuals with hearing loss. Having a strong foundation in a first language is critical, and children with earlier diagnoses and greater vocabulary tend to read better. Two factors that are commonly ignored are parental involvement in education and the child’s comfort in communicating with teachers and peers; both affect academic and reading outcomes in children.

Literacy Resources

Supporting Success for Students with Hearing Loss - This website provides a diagram on foundational skills that support the acquisition of literacy with ways that families and professionals can work to help children with those foundational skills.

Language and Literacy Development in Children Who Are Deaf or Hearing Impaired - An article written by Sandra Briggle, and published in the the Kappa Delta Phi Record, and also on the LD Online website outlines some introductory information.