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Current Research

If you are interested in learning more about participating in our studies, please fill-out this form and someone from the lab will contact you with more information.

Linking Signal-to-Noise Outcomes to Hearing Aids
In this study we are investigating how experienced hearing aid users speech understanding in noise affects their real-world hearing aid outcomes. This study involves two 2.5 to 3 hour research visits to the lab. During the visits you will complete many speech repetition in noise tests, play some memory games and fill-out several paper and pencil questionnaires. Recordings of speech in noise will also be made through your hearing aids. Compensation is provided.

To qualify to participate you must:

  • Be 21 to 79 years of age
  • Have mild-to-moderate sensorineural hearing loss
  • Be an experienced hearing aid user (at least 6 months) who uses hearing aids at least 7 hours per week
  • Be a Native English speaker
  • Have no history of diseases that affect the ears or brain (other than hearing loss)

A Clinical Trial of Device Performance and Usability
In this study we are comparing a new remote microphone system to an established system that has been on the market for years.

To qualify for participation you must:

  • Be 18 to 75 years of age
  • Be normally hearing or an experienced hearing aid user (at least 6 months of hearing aid use)
  • Be a Native English speaker
  • Have no history of diseases that affect the ears or brain (other than hearing loss)

Normally hearing participants will complete 2 research visits. During those visits you will be asked to listen and repeat sentences in background noise using the different remote microphone systems routed through hearing aids (set to very low amplification). You will also be asked to rate the annoyance and sound quality of what you hear through the devices. Experienced hearing aid users will complete the same laboratory testing as the normally hearing participants. In addition you will complete 2, two-to-three week field trials with the remote microphone devices. You will be asked to use the devices in the real world and make journal entries about your experiences with them. Compensation is provided.