Language Acquisition After Cochlear Implants
Interview: Sandy Roob, Sound Medicine reporter
Tonya Bergeson-Dana, PhD, and Derek Houston, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology
Indiana University School of Medicine
We begin today at the beginning, the first words that a baby says.
It may sound like gibberish, but those first attempts at language are a key step in a childís development. But children born without hearing donít receive those clues to how to form words that communicate their wants and needs.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that every year several thousand babies are born with hearing loss severe enough to make them candidates for cochlear implants.
Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob visits the Baby Talk Research Lab, an infant language laboratory at the IU School of Medicine, where researchers study how children with those implants enter the world of "baby talk."
Roob talks with Baby Talk Lab researchers Tonya Bergeson-Dana, PhD, and Derek Houston, PhD.