Vision plays an important role in language and literacy skills especially for deaf and hard of hearing children because of reduced access to the auditory environment. Visual attention strategies are essential for getting and maintaining joint communication, social interactions and for making connections to meanings and printed words. Sharing visual strategies used by deaf parents with DHH children may help reduce delays in early language and early literacy.
A team of researchers have developed and successfully implanted an auditory brainstem implant (ABI) in 4 children who could not previously hear because they did not have an auditory nerve. The ABI is considered revolutionary because it stimulates neurons at the brainstem directly and completely bypasses the inner ear.