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Language and Listening Studies

​Bilingual Hearing Study

Speech Perception and Acoustics Lab

This study looks at the influence of hearing loss on speech perception in noise for Spanish-English bilingual children.

The first visit will last about 2 hours. In this visit we will check whether the person meets the criteria of the study. If the person qualifies, we will make subsequent appointments during the first visit. The number of visits depends on the group a participant is assigned. Each subsequent visit lasts 2-4 hours with frequent breaks.

Participants will be compensated in cash at the end of each appointment at the rate of $15 per hour.

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

  • Children: 5 to 13 years old
  • Adults: 19-55 years old
  • Normal speech and language
  • Can speak both Spanish and English fluently

If interested or for more details, please call Paula Garcia at 402-452-5021 or e-mail at Paula.Garcia@boystown.org.

Este estudio analiza la influencia de la perdida de la audición sobre la percepción del habla en entornos con ruido para niños que son bilingües en inglés y español. La primera cita dura aproximadamente 2 horas. En esta visita vamos a verificar si la persona cumple los criterios de inclusión del estudio. Si la persona califica hacemos citas posteriores durante la primera visita. El número de visitas depende del grupo donde el participante sea asignado. Las visitas pueden durar de 2-4 horas con descansos frecuentes. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán $15.00 en efectivo por hora.

Usted podría ser elegido para el estudio si cuenta con las siguientes características:

  • Niños: 5 a 13 años de edad
  • Adultos: 19 a 55 años de edad
  • Su lenguaje es normal
  • Puede hablar español e inglés fluidamente

Si está interesado, o para más información, por favor llame a Paula García al 402-452-5021 o por correo electrónico a Paula.Garcia@boystown.org.

Learning to Communicate with Hearing Loss

Communication Development Laboratory

The goal of this study is to see how children with hearing loss learn to communicate. When your child is about 18, 22, 27 and 36 months of age, you’ll come to our playroom at Boys Town National Research Hospital. At these visits we will videotape you playing with your child for a half hour and have you complete questionnaires about your child’s development. During the final visit, your child will play a few language games. We’ll share the information we collect about your child’s development with you.

Duration: 1 visit lasting about 1 hour when your child is about 18, 22, 27 and 36 months of age

Compensation: Mothers will receive $15 per hour. Infants will receive a gift at each visit.

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

  • Mother of a 0 to 19-month-old infant with hearing loss in both ears
  • You communicate with your child who is hard of hearing primarily through spoken English, with or without signs.

For more information or to sign up, contact Sophie Ambrose at (402) 452-5607 or Sophie.Ambrose@boystown.org

Complex Listening Skills in School-Age Children

Audibility, Perception and Cognition Laboratory

The goal of this study is to examine how children’s cognitive and language skills support speech understanding in complex listening environments, such as noisy classrooms. For this study, children may:

  1. Have their hearing tested and hearing aid function evaluated, if applicable.
  2. Listen to and repeat back words and sentences presented in noise.
  3. Complete language, attention, and memory-related tasks.
  4. Fill out a questionnaire about ease of listening at school.

Duration: 2-4 hours potentially across subsequent visits

Compensation: $15 per hour

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

  • Ages 5-16 years
  • Normal hearing or bilateral mild to severe hearing loss, hearing aid use is not required
  • English spoken as the primary language in the home

For more information please call Merry Spratford at 402-452-5054 or email at Meredith.Spratford@boystown.org

Hearing Aid Signal Processing

Audibility, Perception and Cognition Laboratory

The goal of this study is to evaluate how new hearing aid technology may benefit speech understanding. For this study, participants will:

  1. Have their hearing tested and be fit with new study hearing aids. New earmolds will be provided, if needed.
  2. Listen to and repeat back words and sentences presented in quiet and noise.
  3. Complete listening attention tasks on a computer.
  4. Fill out a questionnaire about quality of listening with different hearing aid technology.

Duration: 3-4 visits 4-6 weeks apart, each visit will last 2 hours

Compensation: $15 per hour

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

  • Ages 7-Adult
  • Bilateral moderately-severe hearing loss in the high frequency range (thresholds from 50-70 dB HL), current hearing aid use is not required
  • English spoken as the primary language in the home

For more information please call Judy Kopun at 402-498-6373 or email at Judy.Kopun@boystown.org


If you would like to add your name and/or your children's names to our database of interested research volunteers, please call Mary Thomas at (402) 498-6705 or Mary.Thomas@boystown.org, and we will contact you when a new study matches your interests and qualifications.