As people get older, understanding speech with competing talkers can become more difficult. This may not only involve changes in the ear, but also changes in how well the brain focuses attention on a single talker. This study uses MRI technology to look at the ways in which the brain processes sounds and speech. The MUSC Hearing Research Program is seeking volunteers to participate in a research study investigating the connection between hearing and the brain. We are recruiting healthy adults, ages 45 to 89 years. Payment is provided for participation, and scheduling is flexible. The study involves two to four visits, participants must be able to complete an MRI. If you would like to participate in this research or learn more about our study, please contact us.
Individuals with venous leg and diabetic foot ulcers often find these ulcers take a long time to heal and when they do, sometimes they come back. These ulcers can be quite painful making it hard to work, sleep and go about one's day to day activities. You will be asked to do a self-care routine of taking the temperature of the skin where the leg or foot ulcer just healed with a special thermometer and applying a small cooling gel patch over this skin. We want to know if this routine will prevent the ulcer from coming back, help you to become more active, and improve the quality of your life.
This study will test a low intensity foot exercise program for people with lower leg ulcers and who have problems with walking to see if it improves the condition of the legs. A small activity monitoring tracker called an accelerometer will be placed on the foot during the exercises that are to be done in the home for about 6 weeks. The tracker sends movement information to a cell phone that lets you and your doctor know about improvements in the foot movements. Better foot movements help condition the muscles and joints and may improve activity such as walking and getting up from a chair.
This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is recruiting participants for a multi-site study evaluating an auditory training program for people who use hearing aids. This study includes a hearing evaluation, several listening tasks, and 30 hours of participation in a computer-based speech-training program. Native English speakers between the ages of 35 and 89 who have worn hearing aids for at least the past 3 months are currently being recruited. The study requires at least 2 visits per week for a period of 12-15 weeks, scheduled at the participant’s convenience. Compensation for time will be provided and parking validated.
This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is being conducted to determine the effects of aging on hearing, understanding speech, and brain functions. This study will provide a scientific basis for diagnosis, rehabilitation and prevention of hearing loss due to aging. Volunteers who meet the eligibility requirements may enroll in this study, which will include measurements of hearing, making listening judgments of sounds, behavioral tasks, questionnaires, and MRI scanning of the brain. Participants 50 years of age and older with normal hearing or hearing loss are currently being recruited. Three visits of 2-3 hours each are required and scheduling is flexible.