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​​​​​Understanding the Listening Abilities of Children with Down Syndrome

It takes years of consistent, high-quality auditory information to develop the ability to effectively “hear out” one person talking (for example, a teacher) when other people are talking in the background (for example, classmates). Children with Down syndrome may be at risk for disruptions in this developmental process because of the high prevalence of middle ear infections and hearing loss that occur in this population. Despite these risk factors, very few research studies have looked at how well children with Down synd​rome understand speech in noisy environments, such as the classroom.

Boys Town National Research Hospital is seeking participants (ages 5–17) for a new study to identify factors that improve listening-in-noise difficulties so we can increase the likelihood of success for children with Down syndrome.

Your child will be asked to listen through a speaker or with headphones while watching a computer screen. They will hear words presented with people talking in the background. You and your child will be asked to come to Boys Town National Research Hospital for up to three visits that will last 1-2 hours.


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Sign Up to Participate

Children will receive a hearing test and language test for participation in this study. Compensation for this study is $15 per hour.

If you would like to learn more about this study, please contact Barbara Peterson by email or phone (531) 355-5031.

For information in Spanish, pleas​e email or phone (531) 355-6350.

Para obtener información en español, envíe un correo electrónico a o llame al (531) 355-6350.

This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIHNIDCD)
Grant #Ro1 DC011038-10S1.

This study takes place at:
Boys Town National Research Hospital - Downtown
555 North 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131