Research Studies

 

All of these studies have been approved by the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Institutional Review Board. These studies are currently enrolling participants.

Healthy Participants Research Study for Children Ages 10 to 18

Boys Town National Research Hospital is seeking healthy children and adolescents to participate in research studies. Your child may qualify if:

  • Your child is between 10 - 18 years old,
  • Is medically healthy, and
  • Does not have a history of current or past psychiatric illness

Participation may include behavior observation, brain imaging and psychological interviews. Participants will be compensated for time.

These outpatient studies take place at
Boys Town National Research Hospital
14000 Hospital Road
(139th and Pacific Streets, on Boys Town Campus)

Please call 402-498-1220 to enroll or for more information about this study.

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.

Please contact us if you or your child would like to participate in these studies, or have questions.

Adiyta Kulkarni
Aditya.Kulkarni@boystown.org

PsychoAcoustics Studies

In this study, subjects with normal hearing and sensorineural hearing loss will be asked to detect tone or noise signals in the presence of background noise, presented simultaneously with the signals or before the signals. As part of the first session, subjects will receive a standard hearing test to confirm Normal Hearing or a certain type of hearing loss. The proposed studies will provide a measure of auditory nonlinearity that we can relate to growth of loudness with sound intensity, which is also thought to reflect auditory nonlinearity.

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Are between 19 and 55 years of age.
  • Have normal hearing.
  • Can participate in multiple 2 hour sessions.

Participants will receive $12 per hour at the end of each session and an additional $3 per hour when a study is completed.

Please contact us if you would like to participate, or have questions.
Suyash Joshi
suyash.joshi@boystown.org
(402) 498-6559

Lead Exposure in Children Study

Boys Town National Research Hospital is conducting a research study on how lead exposure affects hearing and balance in children. Current exposure to lead is not required.

You may be eligible if you or your children are:

  • Between 1 and 12 years of age
  • Are able to attend two, 1 hour study visits.

During the study, participants will be given a standard hearing test and a balance test. Parents will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire while their children participate.
Participants will be compensated $15.00 per hour.

This study is being conducted at:
Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 North 30th Street
Omaha NE 68131

Please contact us if you are interested in participating, or have questions.

Natalie Lenzen
Natalie.lenzen@boystown.org
(402) 498-6368

Adult Dizziness Research Study

The purpose of this study is to examine factors that may cause or trigger Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), a form of dizziness, with the intent on finding better treatment options for people who suffer from this condition.

If you have received an invitation letter to participate in this study, and you have been diagnosed with BPPV, please click on the link below to complete the survey.

Complete Online Survey



If you have any questions about this study, please contact Ayoola Ogun at (402) 498-6336 or Ayoola.Ogun@boystown.org

Outcomes of Children with Hearing Loss

The purpose of this study is to understand factors that lead to success or struggles for children and their families. Children will be tested at least once a year for three consecutive years in areas of hearing, speech, language, social and academic development. Parents will be interviewed on the telephone and children's teachers will be asked to complete surveys. Test sessions are held at a speech and hearing center close to your home. Monetary compensation is provided.

Your child may be eligible for this study if:

  • Your child has a confirmed mild to severe hearing loss and is 6 months through 6 years, 11 months of age.
  • Your child has normail hearing and is 18 months through 5 years of age
  • Click here to see our study brochure

If you are interested in participating, contact a research team member in your area.

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 or Jacquelyn Baudhuin at (402)-452-5041 or Jacquelyn.Baudhuin@boystown.org.

Infant Audio Visual Development Study

The purpose of this study is to look at how infants understand which sounds belong to certain objects; how they use visual information on a talker's face to perceive speech; and how and why parents talk differently when speaking to infants.

Your child may be eligible for this study if:

  • Your child is between 2 and 6 months of age
  • You and your child can attend one 45 minute study visit

If you are interested in participating please contact the Perceptual Development Lab at (402) 452-5091 or perceptual.development@boystown.org

If you would like to add your name and/or your children's names to our database of interested research volunteers, please contact Colleen Gibilisco at (402) 498-6705 or colleen.gibilisco@boystown.org.