School-aged children with hearing loss benefit from wearing remote microphones. But researchers wanted to know about preschoolers wearing a system at home. Your child must hear 45 million words to be ready for school. The Roger™ microphone system (RMS) worn in addition to hearing aids at home for preschoolers can expose your child to two million more words per year.
What does that mean for a growing brain?
According to the Journal of Hearing, Speech, and Language Research, exposure to a large number of words and a child’s subsequent vocabulary are correlated. Also, consistent exposure to a plentiful vocabulary means a lot for language development and additional learning. Plus, word exposure has a positive impact on academic success, cognitive abilities, and language abilities.
Normal hearing children who heard 45 million words by their fourth birthdays were better prepared when they entered school than language-deprived peers, according to a Hart and Risley study done in 1995. And when these same children were followed into the third grade, they were stronger readers, got higher test scores, and had bigger vocabularies.
It’s hard for children with hearing loss to hear in the presence of background noise and at a distance. The RMS doesn’t just help children with hearing loss to have better vocabulary and language development. Parents with a child having this system were more willing to talk at a distance with more confidence that their child would hear them. The RMS gives a child with hearing loss the tools he or she needs to reach his or her full potential.
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