What is it about?

Social-pragmatic understanding means the ability to interpret intentions of other people from social contexts. Our study explored the development of social-pragmatic understanding of children with bilateral hearing aids, bilateral cochlear implants, and typical hearing between the ages of 4 and 6 years, and group differences between the aforementioned groups of children.

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Why is it important?

Difficulties in social-pragmatic understanding may have prominent consequences for the quality of life. Gaining knowledge on social-pragmatic understanding of children with hearing loss can help in developing better hearing health care and intervention methods for children with hearing loss.


Children with hearing loss have not been studied before with standardized tests that enable a comprehensive analysis of social-pragmatic understanding. We hope that our article helps professionals working with children with hearing loss to develop their services further.

Krista Tuohimaa
Oulun Yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: Development of Social-Pragmatic Understanding in Children With Congenital Hearing Loss and Typical Hearing Between the Ages of 4 and 6 Years, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, July 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2023_jslhr-22-00700.
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