Child's Wellbeing

Underinsurance in children is associated with worsened quality of life after cochlear implantation (2022)

  • This article talks about...differences in parent views of quality of life based on type of insurance and the child’s age when they receive the implant.
  • This study found...parents reported lower quality of life when they had public insurance compared to private insurance. Parents also reported lower quality of life when their child was implanted after 12 months of age compared to when children were implanted earlier.
  • This is important because...parents of children on public insurance may need different support to access needed services in a timely manner. These children are at risk for delays in services and this can negatively affect how well they do.
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A retrospective review of parents’ perception of the impact of bilateral cochlear implants on their child’s quality of life (2021)

  • This article talks parents viewed quality of life for children who received cochlear implants at the same time in both ears and when there was a delay in time from the first implant to the second.
  • This study found...improvement in quality of life for all children. Results were better for children that received both implants at the same time or had a shorter time delay between implants.
  • This is important because...having information about how children respond to implants can help parents make decisions about their child’s treatment.
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Listening-Related Fatigue in Children with Hearing Loss: Perspectives of Children, Parents, and School Professionals (2021)

  • This article talks about...listening-related fatigue from the perspective of children with hearing loss (CHL), parents and teachers.
  • The study found...That listening related fatigue can show up in different ways for children. A child may be physically tired, have trouble concentrating, or may show emotional challenges, such as frustration, or shutting down. Internal (motivation) and external (background noise/acoustics) factors impact the experience of fatigue among CHL as well.
  • This is important properly counsel CHL and their parents, professionals should become familiar with listening-related tiredness associated with childhood hearing loss, including its causes, challenges, and potential interventions.
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Factors Associated with Anxiety Symptoms in Australian Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children (2021)

  • This article talks about...symptoms of anxiety in children 4 to 11 years old with hearing loss.
  • The study found...children with hearing loss had less anxiety symptoms than peers with typical hearing. Parents of the children with hearing loss had higher levels of anxiety and depression than parents of children with typical hearing.
  • This is important because...parents of children with hearing loss may benefit from additional support to help decrease anxiety and depression.
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A Qualitative Exploration of the Role and Needs of Classroom Teachers in Supporting the Mental Health and Well-Being of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children (2019)

  • This article is about...the perspective of teachers who work with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (DHH). It covers the challenges they face while providing services and their thoughts on the best way to help students with their social and mental health.
  • The study found...that teachers view their role as essential to the social and mental health of DHH students. However, barriers to providing necessary support includes time constraints, lack of knowledge and resources to provide quality care, and large classroom sizes.
  • This is important because...DHH students spend a significant portion of their day with their teachers at school. With the large class loads and time constraints that teachers have, parents may need to help provide resources or support for the teacher. Resources can be shared with teachers as parents collaborate with audiologists, and special education providers.
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Emotional Understanding in Children with a Cochlear Implant (2018)

  • This article is about...the ability of children with cochlear implants (CIs) to recognize emotions. Preschool- and elementary-aged children with cochlear implants were compared to typically hearing children. Children completed tasks that looked at facial expressions, tone of voice, and scene matching activities to measure emotional recognition.
  • The study found...that children with cochlear implants had a more difficult time accurately recognizing emotions than children with typical hearing.
  • This is important because...many emotional ques are present in vocal tones. Children with typical hearing have access to hearing tones and matching them to facial expressions and situations from birth. Since children with cochlear implants have not had as much exposure to sound, they may show a delay in recognizing emotional cues. This article also indicated that age at implantation may influence a child’s ability to recognize emotions.
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Subjective Fatigue in Children With Hearing Loss Assessed Using Self- and Parent-Proxy Report

  • This article is about...fatigue in school-age children with hearing loss. Fatigue is the same as feeling tired and can include being physically tired and mentally tired.
  • The study children with hearing loss reported being more fatigued compared to children with normal hearing. Parents rated their child to be less fatigued than the child actually felt. As a child learned more language skills, some of their fatigue went away.
  • This is important because...feeling tired can put children at risk for not keeping up in the classroom. Helping children recognize and manage their fatigue can help prevent them from falling behind in school.
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Depression in hearing-impaired children

  • This article is about...depression in children with hearing loss compared to children with normal hearing.
  • The study found...children with hearing loss overall had more symptoms of depression than normal hearing children. The children with hearing loss who mainly used spoken language to communicate had less symptoms of depression compared to children who used sign language or a combination of spoken and sign language. Children who attended mainstream schools were found to have less symptoms of depression than children who attended schools for the deaf.
  • This is important because...when children have strategies to cope with how they are feeling, they have less depression. Intervention programs and parents can teach children coping strategies.
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Health-Related Quality of Life Among Young Children With Cochlear Implants and Developmental Disabilities

  • This article is about...parent reported quality of life of young children with cochlear implants, both with and without additional disabilities.
  • The study found...children with cochlear implants without additional disabilities were similar to typically developing children. Children with cochlear implants and additional disabilities had a lower quality of life, especially in areas of self-esteem, school and friends.
  • This is important because...addressing broader needs, such as social and emotional development, is important for relationships. Family-centered services are critical for addressing the complex needs that exist for children and their families.
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