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Center for Perception and Communication in Children

​​​An NIH Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

This is the home of the Center for Perception and Communication in Children (CPCC) at the Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH). The CPCC was newly created in 2014 with the assistance of a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under award number P20GM109023.

The goal of the CPCC is to expand the range of our current research programs by providing a unique environment for the development of junior faculty who have an interest in understanding the consequences of childhood hearing loss for speech and language perception and processing. Ultimately, our research faculty hopes to describe the performance of children with hearing loss in the real world.

The plans for the CPCC are to broaden the research program by building on its current emphasis on peripheral function in the auditory system to include state-of-the-art research on more complex issues such as the impact of hearing loss on performance in real-world environments. These areas include such projects as:

  • Effects of classroom acoustics on speech perception and language learning
  • Contributions of bottom-up and top-down processing in children learning English as a second language
  • Integration of visual and auditory information in speech and language acquisition
  • Adjustment of hearing-aid properties to promote development of temporal processing
  • Consequences for visual processing of vestibular deficits associated with hearing loss

CPCC Research is facilitated by Three Cores:

  • Administrative Core: Coordinates interaction with an External Advisory Committee and external mentors
  • Clinical Core: Collects clinical data, implements quality assurance procedures and assists with selection and interpretation of clinical measures
  • Technical Core: Provides support for hardware and software development, signal processing and expertise on room acoustics. The Technical Core also supports the Auditory-Visual (AV) Core Facility​

Current Projects within the CPCC

Researchers at the CPCC benefit from the combined research experience of more senior research faculty at BTNRH serving as core directors and mentors, and from the unique patient resources and translational research environment at BTNRH. Future plans call for continued expansion of the research program to include work on speech/language and cognitive function in child​ren with normal hearing. Below are current project summaries.