On 12 April, Anouk Netten successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “The Link Between Hearing Loss, Language, and Social Functioning in Childhood,” which was supervised by Prof. dr. ir. Johan Frijns, Prof. Dr. Carolien Rieffe, and Dr. ir. Wim Soede.
Her project focused on the effects of early intervention of hearing loss on the social-emotional development of children in the Netherlands and Belgium. Her thesis shows that in order to stimulate the social-emotional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing children, their opportunities for incidental learning have to be increased.