The Dragonfly Story

Literacy Development

Children with a history of conductive hearing loss experience reading difficulties up to fifteen times greater than children with no history of conductive hearing loss. It was also found that children with intermittent hearing loss will have trouble hearing and discriminating sounds because these sounds and words don’t always sound the same to the child. Children require consistent auditory input to learn to read and spell.

While we know some children with conductive hearing loss may initially be able to get by with relying heavily on visual cues, it suggests that many children with conductive hearing loss have problems with mapping the sounds of the language onto the letters of the alphabet. In particular, it’s recognised that children with conductive hearing loss will experience problems with voiceless sounds, syllables, onset and rhymes, letter to sound correspondence, and phonemes.