Early speech perception in Mandarin-speaking children at one-year post cochlear implantation

Yuan CHEN, Lena L. N. WONG, Shufeng ZHU, Xin XI

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Purpose: The aim in this study was to examine early speech perception outcomes in Mandarin-speaking children during the first year of cochlear implant (CI) use.
Method: A hierarchical early speech perception battery was administered to 80 children before and 3, 6, and 12 months after implantation. Demographic information was obtained to evaluate its relationship with these outcomes.
Results: Regardless of dialect exposure and whether a hearing aid was trialed before implantation, implant recipients were able to attain similar pre-lingual auditory skills after 12 months of CI use. Children speaking Mandarin developed early Mandarin speech perception faster than those with greater exposure to other Chinese dialects. In addition, children with better pre-implant hearing levels and younger age at implantation attained significantly better speech perception scores after 12 months of CI use. Better pre-implant hearing levels and higher maternal education level were also associated with a significantly steeper growth in early speech perception ability.
Conclusions: Mandarin-speaking children with CIs are able to attain early speech perception results comparable to those of their English-speaking counterparts. In addition, consistent single language input via CI probably enhances early speech perception development at least during the first-year of CI use. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All right reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Early online dateNov 2015
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


Chen, Y., Wong, L. L. N., Zhu, S., & Xi, X. (2016). Early speech perception in Mandarin-speaking children at one-year post cochlear implantation. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 49-50, 1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2015.11.021


  • Cochlear implants
  • Speech perception
  • Mandarin-speaking children


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