Cochlear Implant Studies

 

Cochlear Implant Language Studies

Adult Study

The goal of the study is to understand the processing of signals transmitted by the cochlear implant by the brain. Participants will be asked to listen to a variety of sounds and make judgments about them – for instance, how loud they sound, or which of two sounds is louder, or which of three sounds is different.

Adult participants will receive $15 for their participation in each 2-hour session. Compensation will be available for families who travel more than 50 miles to participate in the study. We are also happy to set up hotel accommodations if you choose to stay in Omaha for the study.

Child Study

The study will investigate children's ability to discriminate voice pitch information through the cochlear implant. Children will be asked to indicate whether a word or a sentence they heard sounded like a question (asking) or a statement (telling). In other tests, they will be asked to indicate which of three sounds was different in pitch.

Child participants will receive $15 for their participation in each 2-hour session. Compensation will be available for families who travel more than 50 miles to participate in the study. We are also happy to set up hotel accommodations if you choose to stay in Omaha for the study.

If you are interested in participating please contact Adiyta Kulkarni at Aditya.Kulkarni@boystown.org.

Cochlear Implant Research Study

The purpose of this study is to compare auditory-nerve responses to perceptual measures made with a cochlear implant. This study involves several experiments. CI recipients are invited to participate in some or all of the experiments. Participants are needed for approximately 4-9 hours per experiment, which can be scheduled over several visits. For this study, participants will (1) read, sleep, or watch a movie while sounds are played through the CI; (2) listen to sounds played through the CI and make judgments about the sounds; and/or (3) listen to speech through the CI and repeat back what is heard. Participants will be paid $15 per hour, plus an additional travel stipend. You do not need to be a patient at Boys Town to participate.

You may be eligible for this study if:

  • You are 11 years of age or older
  • Have used a cochlear implant for 3 months or more
  • Your cochlear implant has telemetry capabilities (please inquire if unsure of device type)
  • Click here to see our study brochure

If you are interested in participating please contact Jenny Goehring at (402) 452-5087 or Jenny.Goehring@boystown.org.

Physiology as a Potential Predictor of Perception

Cochlear Implant Research Lab

This research is aimed at investigating how subjective and objective measures obtained with a cochlear implant (CI) are related to each other. Subjective measures require active participation on the part of the research participant. Examples include listening to sounds and making judgments about certain aspects of the sound (e.g., loudness or pitch) or listening to speech presented in different conditions and repeating words or sentences. In contrast, objective measures do not require active participation from the participant. The objective measures are made from the auditory pathway in response to electrical stimulation from the CI. You do not need to be a patient at Boys Town to participate.

For this study, participants will:

  • Read, sleep or watch a movie while sounds are played through the cochlear implant
  • Listen to sounds played through the cochlear implant and make judgments about the sounds

AND/OR

  • Listen to speech through the cochlear implant and repeat back what is heard.

Duration: 4 to 9 hours (can be scheduled over several visits)

Compensation: $15 per hour, plus an additional travel stipend

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

  • 11 years of age or older
  • You have used a cochlear implant for three months or more
  • Your cochlear implant has telemetry capabilities (please inquire if unsure).

Please contact Jenny Goerhring at 402-452-5049 or Jacquelyn Baudhuin at 402-52-5049 or Jacquelyn.baudhuin@boystown.org

Telepractice for Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implant Research Lab

The purpose of this research is to investigate ways to expand cochlear implant service delivery to individuals who live far away from a cochlear implant center. Telepractice refers to clinical services delivered via the internet and/or videoconferencing technology with the patient and clinician in separate geographical locations. Tests and procedures similar to those performed at regular clinical visits will be performed as part of this study. Some visits will take place in the traditional in-person condition, while some visits will take place remotely using telepractice. You do not need to be a patient at Boys Town to participate.

This research project will target three areas of clinical cochlear implant services that have not yet been validated for telepractice:

  • Sound processor programming for young children
  • Speech-perception testing
  • Aural rehabilitation for adults

Duration:

  • Programming Young Children: 3-4 visits within a 4-6 week period; each visit lasting up to 2 hours.
  • Speech Perception Testing: 1-5 visits; each visit lasting 1-3 hours.
  • Adult Aural Rehabilitation: 4 test sessions lasting up to 2 hours each and 10 rehabilitation sessions over a 5-week period lasting 1 hour each

Compensation: $15 per hour, plus an additional travel stipend

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

Programming Young Children:

  • 1 to 6 years of age
  • No additional disabilities
  • You have used your cochlear implant for at least 6 months

Speech Perception Testing:

  • Adults and children 9 years of age or older
  • Proficient in spoken English
  • You have used your cochlear implant for at least 6 months

Adult Aural Rehabilitation:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • No additional disabilities that affect communication
  • Proficient in spoken English

Please contact Jenny Goerhring at 402-452-5049 or Jacquelyn Baudhuin at 402-52-5049 or Jacquelyn.baudhuin@boystown.org

Study for Adult Cochlear Implant Recipients and Adults with Normal Hearing

Auditory Prostheses and Perception Lab

The Auditory Prostheses & Perception Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE, is conducting experiments on auditory perception with cochlear implants. The experiments involve listening to brief tones, beeps or speech samples. You would identify subtle differences between sounds, or compare the loudness or pitch of different sounds. Some participants may read aloud a few simple sentences and be audio taped.

Compensation: Participants are compensated for their time and for travel expenses.

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

  • 19 to 75 years of age
  • You have normal hearing or a cochlear implant.

For more information, please call us at 402-452-5092 or 402-452-5079 or email Aditya.Kulkarni@boystown.org or Julie.christensen@boystown.org.

Study for Young Cochlear Implant Recipients and Young Adults with Normal Hearing

Auditory Prostheses and Perception Lab

The Auditory Prostheses & Perception Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE, is conducting experiments on auditory perception with cochlear implants. The experiments involve listening to brief tones, beeps or speech samples. Listeners identify speech tokens, detect subtle differences between sounds or compare the loudness or pitch of different sounds. Some may read aloud a few simple sentences and be audio taped.

Compensation: Participants are compensated for their time and for travel expenses.

If all of the following traits describe you, you may be eligible for this study:

  • 4 to 18 years of age
  • Normal hearing or a cochlear implant

For more information, please call 402-452-5079 or 402-452-5092 or email Julie.christensen@boystown.org or Aditya.Kulkarni@boystown.org.