Auditory-Verbal Therapy: Under the Lens of Empirical Evidence

Kaipa, R. (2016) Hearing Journal. 69(10) pp.  8-9

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Auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) is notably one of the most popular approaches to improve communication skills of children with hearing impairment . Focusing on audition as the primary input for learning spoken language without relying on speech reading and gestures, AVT requires children with HI to wear amplification devices on a regular basis. The main differences between AVT and other oral-based rehabilitation approaches are that AVT is tailored to suit the individual needs of each client and that it requires the child’s parent or caregiver to be present at each session . From the time the first report on AVT was published in 1993 , AVT has been the choice of parents of children with HI for learning spoken language. Like any other treatment approach, it is imperative to evaluate empirical evidence to determine the efficacy of AVT.

A detailed review of studies on AVT outcomes conducted from 1993 to the present reveals a lack of strong evidence supporting the efficacy of this approach. Ten studies on AVT outcomes in speech and language development report that:

  • children with HI receiving AVT can successfully learn spoken language
  • socioeconomic status has no effect on AVT outcomes
  • hearing-impaired children over 3 years old can catch up with their hearing peers in terms of speech and language.

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