Children with hearing loss can predict during sentence processing

Rebecca Holt*, Laurence Bruggeman*, Katherine Demuth*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Listeners readily anticipate upcoming sentence constituents, however little is known about prediction when the input is suboptimal, such as for children with hearing loss (HL). Here we examined whether children with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants use semantic context to predict upcoming spoken sentence completions. We expected reduced prediction among children with HL, but found they were able to predict similarly to children with normal hearing. This suggests prediction is robust even when input quality is chronically suboptimal, and is compatible with the idea that recent advances in the management of pre-lingual HL may have minimised some of the language processing differences between children with and without HL.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104684
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalCognition
Volume212
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • semantic context
  • prediction
  • children
  • hearing loss
  • visual world paradigm

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