Condition or Therapy: Hearing, cochlear implant
Category: Hearing and Communication

What is the goal of this study?

  • To compare hearing responses between children and adults
  • To improve how cochlear implants are fit to individuals

Who can join the study?

  • Children at least 8 years old
  • Children who wear an Advanced Bionics, Cochlear™, or MED-EL cochlear implant
  • Native speakers of American English

What happens in the study?

  • You and your child would come in for two to three visits at the University of Washington (UW) Speech & Hearing Sciences lab (each lasting up to 2 hours) to test his/her cochlear implant(s).
  • Your child would listen to some sounds and tell us how loud and how similar the sounds are.
  • You would be asked to answer questions about your child’s hearing history unless your child is 18 or older in which case they would answer questions.
  • Your child will be paid $15 an hour for each visit to the UW and you will be reimbursed for parking and travel.

Who can I contact for information or to enroll?

Email the research coordinator.


Study Location(s): University of Washington Speech & Hearing Sciences Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr. Julie Arenberg Bierer