Hi, I’m LOCHI the lion from the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment study.
This study is conducted by the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) to examine the long-term speech, language, psychosocial and
educational outcomes of children with hearing impairment. Children who wear hearing aids and/or cochlear implants are included.
New clinical tools availalve (PEACH+ and TEACH+)
The PEACH+ and TEACH+, like the PEACH and TEACH, is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the child’s use of hearing in real-world environments. Additionally, it provides an estimate on the child’s ease of listening in different situations. Ratings will be used to build a picture of the child’s functional performance and listening efforts in real life.
The ratings can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of hearing devices or strategies provided to the child by his/her audiologists and therapists, so that rehabilitation can be tailored to the needs of the child. When scores are collected at several intervals over time, they help to monitor the child’s progress with intervention.
To access the new forms, go to Resources -> Clinical Tools-> Peach
Normative data sub-study
In addition to testing our LOCHI kids, we’ve also been testing children of similar ages with normal hearing. At the moment, we are aiming to recruit normal hearing 9 year olds. Our aim is to use the results from these assessments to compare the performance of children with hearing loss to that of children without hearing loss. Read more…
We have recently completed testing all 5yr old children in the LOCHI study and are well on our way to completing our 9yr old assessments also. As children start school, many factors may affect their development and educational attainment. For this reason, we are continuing to assess speech, language and functional skills at 9 years of age.