Neural Determinants of Age-Related Change in Auditory-Visual Speech Processing Save

Date Added
September 24th, 2017
PRO Number
Pro00070971
Researcher
James Dias
Keywords
Aging, Brain, Central Nervous System, Ears, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Hearing, Language, Minorities, Vision/ Eye
Summary

Older adults typically have trouble identifying the speech they hear, especially in noisy environments. Fortunately, compared to younger adults, older adults are better able to compensate for difficulties identifying the speech they hear by recruiting the visual system. However, the extent to which older adults can benefit from visual input, and how this influence relates to age-related changes in brain structure and function, have not been thoroughly investigated. The general purpose of this study is to determine how age-related changes in brain structure and function affect how well people hear and see. This study seeks participants with normal hearing to mild hearing loss, who also have normal or corrected-to-normal vision.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
James Dias
(843) 792-3921
diasj@musc.edu

Cochlear Implantation Quality of Life Measure Final Validation Save

Date Added
September 19th, 2017
PRO Number
Pro00070645
Researcher
Theodore Mcrackan
Keywords
Hearing, Surgery
Summary

In the first arm of this study (Pro00063109) we developed a list of questions that will be utilized in a new quality of life questionnaire for cochlear implant users. We developed a short and long form to be used in the clinical setting based on these questions. We would like to gather data from a large number of implant users in order to validate the long and short questionnaire forms. Both forms ask subjects how hearing loss and having a cochlear implant affects their life. Enrolled subjects will complete either the short or long form as well as the current gold standard quality of life measures twice one month apart greater than a year after receiving cochlear implantation.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Joshua Fabie
7178017021
fabie@musc.edu

Age effects on cochlear reflectance in adult humans Save

Date Added
February 13th, 2017
PRO Number
Pro00061210
Researcher
Sara Fultz
Keywords
Aging, Ears, Geriatrics, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Hearing, Minorities
Summary

This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is being conducted to learn how structures of the middle-ear and inner ear are affected by age and hearing ability, and to provide a scientific basis for diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss. Volunteers who meet the eligibility requirements may enroll in this study, which will include measurements of hearing using several procedures. Participants 18 years of age and older with normal hearing or hearing loss are currently being recruited. One or two visits of 1.5 to 2 hours are required and scheduling is flexible. Compensation for time will be provided and parking validated.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Sara Fultz
843-792-0667
fultzs@musc.edu

Auditory Analysis and Speech Recognition Save

Date Added
January 21st, 2015
IRB Number
E-755R
Researcher
Judy Dubno
Keywords
Ears, Hearing
Summary

This project, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is being conducted to learn how hearing impairment affects how people hear certain sounds and understand speech and to provide a scientific basis for diagnosis and rehabilitation of hearing loss. Volunteers who meet the eligibility requirements may enroll in this study, which will include measurements of hearing tones and noise, understanding speech, and completing questionnaires. Participants 18 years of age and older with normal hearing or hearing loss are currently being recruited. Several visits of 1.5-2 hours each over a period of 3-6 weeks are required and scheduling is flexible. Compensation for time will be provided and parking validated.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Sara Fultz
843- 792-0667
fultzs@musc.edu

Multi-site study of the efficacy of speech perception training for hearing-aid users Save

Date Added
January 16th, 2015
IRB Number
20166
Researcher
Judy Dubno
Keywords
Aging, Ears, Hearing, Minorities
Summary

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.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Sara Fultz
843- 792-0667
fultzs@musc.edu

Auditory Perception and Discrimination with Competing Signals Save

Date Added
February 5th, 2014
PRO Number
Pro00031785
Researcher
Will Bologna
Keywords
Ears, Hearing
Summary

I am looking for native speakers of American English who have normal hearing and are either 18-30 or 60-89 years old. Participants will listen to speech or non-speech sounds and make judgements on what they hear. At times, distracting sounds will be present and must be ignored. The goal of the study is to understand how listeners distinguish relevant from irrelevant sounds, and how attention is directed to a chosen sounds in favor of others. Study sessions are 1.5-2 hours long, with breaks given as needed. Compensation for time and effort will be provided.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Will Bologna
(843) 792-0667
bologna@musc.edu

Experimental and Clinical Studies of Presbyacusis Save

Date Added
October 5th, 2009
IRB Number
E-607R
Researcher
Judy Dubno
Keywords
Aging, Brain, Ears, Geriatrics, Healthy Volunteer Studies, Hearing, Minorities
Summary

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 60 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.

Institution
MUSC
Recruitment Contact
Amanda Maxwell
843-792-5916
maxwelam@musc.edu

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