What is it about?

This study aimed to investigate the current status of cognitive development and central auditory processing development of preschool children with minimal and mild hearing loss (MMHL) in Nanjing, China. We recruited 34 children with MMHL and 45 children with normal hearing (NH). They completed a series of tests, including cognitive tests, behavioral auditory tests, and objective electro-physiological audiometry. In addition, teacher evaluations and demographic information and questionnaires completed by parents were collected.

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Why is it important?

Children with minimal and mild hearing loss are already at increased developmental risk as early as preschool. They are more likely to have problems with attention and verbal comprehension than children with normal hearing. This condition is not compensated with increasing age during the preschool years. The results suggest a possible relationship between the risk of cognitive deficit and divergence of auditory processing.


Our team's research results aim to raise high attention to preschool children with minimal and mild hearing loss, help parents understand the importance of "listening well", understand and help children, and enable every child to develop comprehensively and grow healthily in a complete listening environment.

Hui Ji
1. Women’s Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Features of Cognitive Ability and Central Auditory Processing of Preschool Children With Minimal and Mild Hearing Loss, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, May 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2023_jslhr-22-00395.
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