Tid: Tisdag 26 maj 2015, kl. 16:00–17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Gemensamt postseminarum följer på eftermiddagens tre seminarier.
För att fira våra gemensamma intressen – men kanske också för att smälta intrycken från denna intensiva eftermiddag – är alla som önskar välkomna att ansluta till ett gemensamt post-seminarium på restaurang (på egen bekostnad). Meddela gärna om du vill delta på post-seminariet till sofia.strombergsson@ki.se (senast 24/5), så att tillräckligt antal bord kan bokas.

Abstract
Hearing impairment is a global societal challenge as it impacts individuals and their communities. With a prevalence rate of 2:59 per 1000 infants, 1,137 to 3,411 infants are born each year in Sweden with a congenital, permanent, hearing impairment. Several studies have investigated the speech, language, auditory development and quality of life in children with hearing impairment and report delays in their overall speech and language abilities. However, research to date has not included sufficient power, addressed specific domains of language, and examined factors (degree of hearing, age of diagnosis/amplification, presence of additional disabilities, maternal education and gender) which may account for the variance demonstrated in the outcomes. There is need for a population level study to: (1) describe the speech, language, auditory, and quality of life of adolescents with hearing impairment, (2) identify possible factors which may aid in predicting how children with hearing impairment will contribute to the society as they reach adolescence, and (3) define the prevalence of additional disabilities in children with hearing impairment. All children born between 2003 and 2005 (n= 600) in Stockholm and Gothenburg with a congenital, permanent, hearing impairment will be asked to participate. An age and language matched control group of typically developing adolescents will be recruited.

A pilot study has been completed this spring.  All adolescents in Gothenburg with a mild to moderate, congenital, permanent hearing impairment born between June 2002 and December 2003 were asked to participate (n=24).  Results of the participating adolescents with a hearing impairment (n=8) and a control group (n=19) will be presented.

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