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The Early Language and Literacy Acquisition in Children with Hearing Loss Study

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The ELLA Study

The Early Language and Literacy Acquisition in Children with Hearing Loss who use Spoken Language Study (ELLA Study) focuses on tracking literacy development in children with hearing loss in the US from preschool through 5th grade. The ELLA Study is a longitudinal research project funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. We are focused on improving long-term reading and writing outcomes for children with hearing loss who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. We do this by identifying early predictors of literacy success and difficulty to inform early interventions for this population.

Hearing loss and literacy development

Did you know that the median reading outcomes for children with hearing loss in the US plateau at a third-to-fourth grade reading level? Or that this outcome is unchanged since the 1970s? Hearing loss has a tremendous impact on literacy development in childhood, and at the ELLA Study, we are working to learn more about this relationship and how to minimize the impact. Participation in the ELLA Study is completely free of charge, and we are currently enrolling children who are early in their four-year-old year.

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Telephone: (803) 777-5048

Email: WLL@mailbox.sc.edu