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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Perception and Communication in Children

​Striving to expand the range of our research by providing a unique environment for the development of junior faculty with an interest in understanding the consequences of childhood hearing loss ​for speech and language perception and processing.

The Center for Perception and Communication in Children (CPCC) was created in 2014 with the assistance of a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant.

Our Research Goal

Research ​Cores

Current Projects

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.

​​​​​​​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​

News

 

 

Virtual Reality Technology Advances Hearing Researchhttps://www.boystownhospital.org/News/Pages/Virtual-Reality-Technology-Advances-Hearing-Research.aspxVirtual Reality Technology Advances Hearing ResearchResearchers at Boys Town National Research Hospital are utilizing a virtual reality classroom to track the hearing and speech difficulties that children with hearing loss are having at school.2016-06-15T05:00:00Z
Dawna Lewis, Ph.D., Studies Effects in Children with Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss in Complex Listening Environmentshttps://www.boystownhospital.org/News/Pages/Dawna-Lewis-Studies-Effects-in-Children-with-Mild-Hearing-Loss-in-Complex-Listening-Environments.aspxDawna Lewis, Ph.D., Studies Effects in Children with Mild Bilateral and Unilateral Hearing Loss in Complex Listening EnvironmentsNew studies at Boys Town National Research Hospital are examining auditory skills in elementary age children with mild bilateral or unilateral hearing loss and how these skills relate to understanding speech in everyday situations.2016-06-06T05:00:00Z
​Kanae Nishi, Ph.D., Uses Personal Experience to Lead the Way in Bilingual Audiologyhttps://www.boystownhospital.org/News/Pages/Nishi-Uses-Personal-Experience-to-Lead-the-Way-in-Bilingual-Audiology.aspx​Kanae Nishi, Ph.D., Uses Personal Experience to Lead the Way in Bilingual AudiologyThe number of children who speak English as a second language in the Omaha-metro area has been rising. Unfortunately, research on their hearing development was not increasing at the same rate. Kanae Nishi, Ph.D., and her team have set out to change that.2015-08-19T05:00:00Z

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