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Early hearing impairment interventions key to kindergarten readiness

Key clinical point: Enrollment in early intervention before 6 months may have influence on kindergarten readiness for infants who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Major finding: Language and literacy is on track in 60% of “early” (prior to 6 months) intervention cases.

Study details: Comprehensive longitudinal population-based study of 1,746 deaf or hard-of-hearing infants.

Disclosures: The authors had no relevant financial disclosures. The study was funded in part by the Disability Research and Dissemination Center via cooperative agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Meinzen-Derr J et al. Pediatrics. 2020 October. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-0557.