Research / Survey Opportunities

Agencies, Organizations, Universities and others are often looking for participation of families and professionals for current research and survey projects. Each opportunity listed below has contact information if you would like to participate. Please contact the specific entity that is sponsoring each research/survey opportunity if you would like more information.

Unless otherwise noted, Hands & Voices does not necessarily promote the goals and objectives of listed research/survey opportunities and participants are advised to clarify any questions/concerns prior to participation with contacts listed for each research/survey opportunity.

For information on submitting your project for inclusion on this page please read our Submittal Request Sheet.

DATES NAME OF OPPORTUNITY TARGET POPULATION
Sept. 2014 – July 2015 Hispanic Family’s Needs in the Hearing Aids Management Study Nationwide
Ongoing Binaural pitch fusion in children with cochlear implants and hearing aids Western states: OR, CA, WA, ID, NV, AZ, UT
Ongoing The Looking Game: Children’s Social Play, Language Development, and Eye Contact with Adults. Seattle, WA and surrounding areas- Other national locations in future
Ongoing Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss Chicago, IL and surrounding areas
Ongoing Research Volunteers Needed for a Study at the University of Chicago Medical Center! Chicagoland Area
Thru October 2015 Prosody and Voice Characteristics of Children Using Cochlear Implants Greater Washington, D.C. area, including MD and Northern VA
Ongoing National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP – “kneecap”) AZ, CA, ID, WY, ME, TX, IN, CO, OR, WI, MN
Ongoing Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University Nationwide
Ongoing Survey On FM Use For Children With Hearing Loss Nationwide

 

Parent Research / Survey Opportunities

- Descriptions of Studies -

 


Hispanic Family’s Needs in the Hearing Aid Management Study

 

Estudio sobre las necesidades de las familias
acera del manejo de los adifonos.

Purpose: we want to know what you need to manage your child’s hearing aids. We are looking for HISPANIC PARENTS with children with hearing loss to participate in our study.

You may qualify if you are a Hispanic Family with:

  • Children 0-5 years old
  • Bilateral hearing loss
  • Have hearing aids
  • Speak Spanish – The surveys are in Spanish and IRB approved.

What you need to do?

  • Fill out 3 anonymous questionnaires (do not need to include personal identity information)
    • 20 minutes of your time.
  • Following completion of data collection:
    • You will receive $5.00 for your time.
  • Return completed forms in the postage paid envelope.

Please return by July 31st, 2015

Information will be used to help audiologists better understand Hispanic Parents’ experiences and needs.

Thank you!

For additional information AND if you want to participate, email us to see if you qualify and we will send you the package directly to you: Esta información ayudará a los audiólogos a satisfacer mejor sus necesidades. ¡GRACIAS! Para más información, favor comunicarse con:

Dr. Karen Muñoz
karen.munoz@usu.edu
435.797.3701

Ana Caballero
ana.caballero@usu.edu
801.857.1828


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  2. Study Flyer

This study is funded by the National Hearing Assessment and Management at Utah State University.

 


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Study: Binaural Pitch Fusion
in Children with Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids

 

Portland, Oregon

The goal of our research is to understand how children who wear hearing aids, cochlear implants, or a hearing aid and a cochlear implant combine sounds between the two ears, and how this may explain some of the variability in speech and music perception abilities. We are also studying how age and development in children affect how sounds are combined between the ears.

Your child may be eligible to participate if he/she:

  • Is between 6-8 years of age
  • Has a moderate to profound sensorineural hearing loss in both ears, and:
    1. Wears hearing aids in both ears, or
    2. Wears a hearing aid in one ear and a cochlear implant in the other ear, or
    3. Wears cochlear implants in both ears
  • Has no motor or cognitive difficulties that would impact testing
  • Resides in the western U.S., including WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, AZ and UT.

What is involved if my child participates?

  • Your child will be asked to listen to sounds and words, and respond by pressing the appropriate button on a computer touch screen. 
  • Your child will receive stickers, prizes, and other motivators during study participation. They will be able to take breaks during testing.  
  • The time needed to complete the testing each year is a total of 5-6 hours, which can be divided into up to four shorter sessions of 1-2.5 hours per session.
  • Your child would return for testing once a year for five years.

Participants will receive:

Your child will be paid $15-$25 per hour for the study, plus travel and overnight costs, as applicable.  More information about the study is available online at http://www.ohsu.edu/cihalab.

If your child would like to participate in this study or you would like more information, please contact:
Lina A.J. Reiss, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
reiss@ohsu.edu
(503) 494-2917

This study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


logoThe Looking Game:

Children’s Social Play, Language Development, and Eye Contact with Adults.

 

Is your child deaf or hard of hearing?

Participate in our study!

We are looking for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to play during a Looking-Game Study. We want to learn about children’s social play, language development, and eye contact with adults. Parents can learn about related research discoveries. Children play with researchers and toys. Parents are with their child for the whole visit. Paperwork for parents is in English. Participation is completely voluntary.

Participation Details:
Involves a one time, one hour visit to the University of Washington. Parents will be compensated for travel and parking expenses. The child will receive a thank you gift for participating in our study.

Child may be eligible to participate if:

  1. He/she is 8-36 months old
  2. Deaf or hard of hearing

Contact information:

Dawn Hathaway
jalab@uw.edu
(206) 685-2045
Our Flyer: http://ilabs.washington.edu/DHHLookStudy.pdf


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Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss Research Project

 

Your child may be eligible to participate if he/she:

  • Is between 6 and 30 months
  • Has a hearing loss

Participants will receive:

All children will receive at no cost to you:

  • Comprehensive language assessments 4 times over 18 to 30 months
  • Monthly speech and language check-ups
  • Assessment reports about your child’s language development
  • Some money for your time

Participants will be randomly chosen to receive either parent training and monthly language check-ups OR monthly language check-ups only.

Only children assigned to the parent training intervention group will receive:

  • Weekly, 1-hour parent training sessions at your home for six months where parents learn language teaching strategies.

Contact:

Megan Roberts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
megan.roberts1@northwestern.edu
(315) 481-9605

This study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


Research Volunteers Needed for
a Study at the University of
Chicago Medical Center!

We are looking for parents of children with hearing loss to participate in a toddler sound environment study

Families who qualify may earn between $350 and $400

Dr. Suskind and her research team at the University of Chicago Medical Center are interested in learning more about toddler sound environments. As part of this study, you will complete recordings of your child’s sound environment and the research team will analyze the recordings using special software. Information gathered will help find ways to improve children’s sound environments and help them reach their potential!

You and your child may qualify if:

  • Your child is under 4 ½  years old
  • Your child has moderate to profound hearing loss
  • Your child uses hearing aid(s), bone-anchored hearing aid, or cochlear implant(s)
  • Your family uses spoken language in the home
  • You have at least one day per week when you’re home with your child

Call 773-834-8629 to find out if you qualify!


 

The George Washington University Cochlear Implant Research Lab

Washington, D.C.

Partcipants needed By George Washington University Researchers

Hello! We are researchers from the George Washington University Cochlear Implant Research Lab located in Washington, D.C. The goal of our research is to better understand how young, deaf children with cochlear implants develop their speaking and listening abilities. We are currently obtaining data on both hearing children and those with cochlear implants. Our research will investigate characteristics of language, sound production, voice, rhythm, and inflections during various speaking tasks.

Who is eligible for this research?

We are looking for participants with cochlear implants who exhibit reliance on spoken English in the home and who meet the following criteria:

  • Are 4 to 8 years old
  • Are profoundly deaf with the deafness detected at or near birth
  • Have received their first implant prior to 36 months of age
  • Have no motor or cognitive difficulties that would affect development.
  • Are located in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, including Northern VA and MD

What is involved if my child participates?

  • Your child will be involved in a number of tasks aimed at sampling their speech, listening, and language abilities.  These include standardized testing, computerized listening games, and play activities aimed at sampling the child’s language skills
  • Participation in tasks will require 1 to 2 visits of 60 to 90 minutes each

Following completion of data collection:

  • You will receive $100 to cover transportation, parking and time involved.
  • Your child will receive an educational toy following each session.
  • Results of standardized testing will be shared with parent.

If you have questions or are interested in participating in this study please contact:

James Mahshie, Ph.D.
Professor, George Washington University
Sangsook Choi, Ph.D.
Researcher
2115 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202)994-3195 or email cistudy@gwu.edu

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Flyer 2 - pdf


Hands & Voices is pleased to announce it’s Partnership with the:  

National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP – “kneecap”)

Principal Investigator: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator: Allison Sedey, Ph.D.

 

We are excited to announce a new project awarded to Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano at the University of Colorado-Boulder by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The aims of this project are to:

  • support interested states in implementing a standard assessment battery for children from birth to 4 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • examine the feasibility of creating a national database of early childhood outcomes
  • assist states in interpreting assessment results and using these results to drive intervention goals and decisions
  • characterize the service delivery models of early intervention programs throughout the United States
  • determine early intervention program characteristics that are related to more successful language outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing

Eligible Participants

All children from 6 months to 4 years of age with permanent hearing loss are eligible to participate.  Children whose loss is not permanent (e.g., cases where the hearing loss is solely a result of otitis media) are not eligible.  Eligible children may have:

  • Unilateral or bilateral loss
  • Conductive, senori-neural, or mixed hearing loss
  • Any degree of permanent hearing loss from mild to profound
  • Multiple disabilities or hearing loss only
  • English or Spanish as the language of the home

Benefits of Participation

Individual Child and Family Benefits

  • Includes parent input in the assessment process
  • Measures children’s skills and abilities across a variety of developmental areas
  • Allows parents and interventionists to monitor a child’s progress over time and identify potential delays at their onset
  • Compares a child’s language abilities to both children who are hearing and other children with hearing loss
  • Provides a data-driven approach to making educational programming decisions
  • Assists in the generation of IFSP/IEP goals

Program Benefits

  • Provides statewide and program-specific accountability data on an annual basis
  • Allows programs to examine outcomes across different subgroups of children
  • Informs professional personnel preparation needs
  • Includes access to normative test data on children who are deaf or hard or hearing
  • Results in networking with program directors and EHDI personnel in other states
  • Gives states an opportunity to contribute to a national database which will allow us to characterize the language strengths and weaknesses of children with hearing loss and identify factors that are predictive of more successful language outcomes

If you have questions or are interested in becoming involved in this project, please contact:

Allison Sedey
University of Colorado-Boulder

409 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
303: 492-0078
Allison.Sedey@Colorado.edu

Hands & Voices Contact:  Janet DesGeorges
303-492-6283
janet@handsandvoices.org

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Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2)at Gallaudet University

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ANNOUNCING the launch of a longitudinal study of young deaf and hard of hearing children by the Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.  The three-year study will involve gathering detailed information and collecting data regarding young deaf and hard of hearing children’s language development, communication, and developmental profiles.

Along with surveys of parents, teachers, and school administrators, a comprehensive battery of assessments administered by trained evaluators from Gallaudet University will be given to deaf and hard of hearing children whose families agree to participate.    

VL2 is seeking schools to participate in the study.  Parents are encouraged to talk to their school administrators and inform them about the study.  Participation is not limited to children who sign; all communication approaches are eligible to participate.

I have set up a blog on the VL2 Public Wiki http://vl2wiki.editme.com/ to provide updates about the project and to answer questions that you may have. 

Sharon Baker, Research-Practice Integration Team member

 For more information or to register as a partnership school, contact:

Thomas Allen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning
Gallaudet University SLCC 1200
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-651-5866

Email: VL2@gallaudet.edu

Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)
The VL2 Center, located on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, is one of six Science of Learning Centers (SLC) funded by the National Science Foundation grant # SBE-0541953.  The Center brings together deaf and hearing researchers and educators from national and international institutions to conduct interrelated studies across disciplines. VL2’s primary mission is to gain a greater under­standing of the biological, cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence visual language and visual learning.  More information may be found at www.vl2.gallaudet.edu.

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SURVEY ON FM USE FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS

To our colleagues and to parents of children
with hearing loss

We are trying to understand how many children with hearing loss are using FM systems. If they are using them, at what ages, and in what conditions they are used. We have developed a quick and easy survey that we want to distribute to parents of children with hearing loss (assuming that they will know best how and where their children are using FM's). We would appreciate it if you could share this survey link with the parents of children you work with in the hope that they will be willing to complete the information. Families with more than one child with hearing loss should complete the form separately for each child.  We are really grateful for your help

Thank you, Jane Madell and Carol Flexer

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FMkids

Jane R. Madell, PhD
Director, Pediatric Audiology Consulting
Jane@JaneMadell.com

Carol Flexer, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Akron
cflexer@uakron.edu

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