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Auditory preferences of young children with and without hearing loss for meaningful auditory-visual compound stimuli

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posted on 22.02.2019, 00:00 by Barbra Zupan, JE Sussman
Experiment 1 examined modality preferences in children and adults with normal hearing to combined auditory-visual stimuli. Experiment 2 compared modality preferences in children using cochlear implants participating in an auditory emphasized therapy approach to the children with normal hearing from Experiment 1. A second objective in both experiments was to evaluate the role of familiarity in these preferences. Participants were exposed to randomized blocks of photographs and sounds of ten familiar and ten unfamiliar animals in auditory-only, visual-only and auditory-visual trials. Results indicated an overall auditory preference in children, regardless of hearing status, and a visual preference in adults. Familiarity only affected modality preferences in adults who showed a strong visual preference to unfamiliar stimuli only. The similar degree of auditory responses in children with hearing loss to those from children with normal hearing is an original finding and lends support to an auditory emphasis for habilitation. Learning Outcomes: Readers will be able to (1) Describe the pattern of modality preferences reported in young children without hearing loss; (2) Recognize that differences in communication mode may affect modality preferences in young children with hearing loss; and (3) Understand the role of familiarity in modality preferences in children with and without hearing loss. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

42

Issue

6

Start Page

381

End Page

396

Number of Pages

16

ISSN

0021-9924

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Brock University, Canada; State University of New York, Buffalo

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Communication Disorders