People with hearing loss who have been taught as children to learn to listen and speak are independent, better able to self advocate and can more fully participate in the hearing world. They are able to develop theory of mind from an early age and can relate to people with typical hearing by understanding the emotions and the behaviours of others.  The emphasis on audition allows them to develop clear speech as they can self-monitor their own production through listening.  As a child develops spoken language through listening, their reading skills also develop, because reading is an auditory skill.