A Literature Analysis of Themes in Paediatric Cochlear Implant ResearchOla Hendar* and Jesper Dammeyer
Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ola Hendar
Department of Psychology
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 2A
1353 København K, Denmark
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 18, 2015; Accepted date: March 31, 2015; Published date: April 6, 2015
Citation: Hendar O, Dammeyer J (2015) A Literature Analysis of Themes in Paediatric Cochlear Implant Research. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 3:130. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000130
Copyright: © 2015 Hendar O, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Research on children with cochlear implants (CI) has documented positive outcomes, but also that many still experience language delays. The aim of this article is to explore how research on children with cochlear implants cover topics of early language development compared to research on children with typical hearing and children with hearing impairment without CI. Published research in the period 1990-2013 on language development was analysed with respect to frequency of selected search terms reflecting different language acquisition themes among children with typical hearing, children with hearing impairment without CI, and children with CI, respectively. Results showed a relatively lower number of articles which included themes such as pre-verbal language (imitation, joint attention and gestures), extra lingual abilities (social interaction), and later language skills (semantic, syntactic, grammar and pragmatic) in research on children with cochlear implants compared to research in children with typical hearing. A need for more research with focus on pre-lingual themes in language acquisition is discussed.