Current state of knowledge: psychosocial development in children with hearing impairment

Ear Hear. 2007 Dec;28(6):729-39. doi: 10.1097/AUD.0b013e318157f033.


The purpose of this review is to synthesize historical and recent evidence concerning psychosocial development in children with mild to severe hearing impairment. Included are studies of quality of life, social-emotional development, self-concept, and social access. Concerns are raised about sampling issues and limited consistency in measurement strategies used. Interdisciplinary perspectives on social-emotional learning and development are integrated in an effort to identify research gaps and suggest future research needs. The need for prospective studies involving a new generation of children with early access to amplification is stressed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition
  • Communication
  • Environment
  • Family
  • Health Services Research
  • Hearing Loss / diagnosis
  • Hearing Loss / psychology*
  • Hearing Loss / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Personality
  • Quality of Life
  • Research Design
  • Self Concept
  • Surveys and Questionnaires