The purpose of this study was to examine the phonological processing skills in individuals with an acquired severe hearing impairment. The subjects were tested on cognitive tasks that vary in their demands on phonological processing. The severely hearing impaired individuals performed at a significantly lower level on the word-word rhyme judgements task, but performed on a par with the control group on the picture-word rhyme judgements task and the lexical decision-making task. The results indicate that the phonological processing skills in individuals who have acquired a severe hearing loss in adult life deteriorate. The results are discussed with respect to theoretical and clinical implications.
- Hearing impairment
- Phonological deterioration