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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.

NEUROBEHAVIORAL RESEARCH STUDIES

Boys Town National Research Hospital is seeking children and adolescents to participate in research studies. Participation may include behavior observation, brain imaging and psychological interviews. 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 Adiyta Kulkarni (Aditya.Kulkarni@boystown.org) if you or your child would like to participate in these studies, or have questions.

​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

Outcomes of School-Age Children who are Hard of Hearing (OSACHH) & Complex Listening Skills in School-Age Hard of Hearing Children

The purpose of these studies is to understand factors that lead to academic and social success for children who are hard of hearing in elementary school. Children will participate in measures of hearing, language, memory, and executive function.  Additional measures may include tests of math and reading skills. The children's teachers will be asked to complete surveys about classroom behavior. Children will be seen the summer following completion of first through fourth grade. Participants will be compensated $15/hour and travel reimbursement may be provided if families live a distance from a testing center. Visit our website to see more information about the studies.

Your child may be eligible for this study if:

  • Your child has a confirmed mild to severe hearing loss and is in first through fourth grade.
  • Your child has no secondary disabilities. 
  • Spoken English is the primary language used in the home.​

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 Mary Thomas at (402) 498-6705 or mary.thomas@boystown.org.