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.