The purpose of this project is to study the cues children with cochlear implants can use when listening to speech in noise.
? Children (5 to 12 years old) with normal hearing and children with cochlear implants. Children with normal hearing must have a normal tympanogram (middle ear function) on the day of testing. Children with cochlear implants must have at least one year of experience with their cochlear implant. All children will have American English as their native language.
? Adults (18-60) with normal hearing and adults with cochlear implants. The adults with cochlear implants will be post-linguistically deafened (age of onset of severe to profound hearing loss after 3 years of age).
If you agree to participate you will be asked to repeat words back to the examiner. You will be seated in a sound-treated booth or a quiet room and listen to regular speech and speech that is made to be clearer. You may be asked to do a hearing test. Your participation would involve approximately 1 hour. Breaks will be scheduled at your convenience. Two-hour parking will be provided free of charge.
Participation in the study can be conducted in conjunction with regularly scheduled visits to the Cochlear Implant Facility, if you so choose.
The study will run for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 years, though each participant will only complete 1 study visit that will take approximately 60 minutes.
Last updated: 12/05/2012