April 8, 2014

Children 10-12 years old needed for hearing study

A Vanderbilt researcher is recruiting children who have normal hearing to participate in a study designed to learn more about short-term and working memory.

Past research has shown that the way some children with hearing loss perform on memory tests is different from children with normal hearing. This study is designed to explore potential reasons for these differences by measuring how well children with normal hearing and with hearing loss remember the order of events.

The long-term goal of this research is to help better understand how well children with and without hearing loss perform on various tasks that may influence memory.

Children will be asked to come to the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for one visit that lasts 90 minutes to two hours. In return for participation, the child will receive an age-appropriate book of his or her choice. Children will also be entered to win one of four prizes of $75. Each child has a one in six chance of being selected for this prize. During testing, the child’s language and memory abilities will be assessed. He or she will be asked to point to pictures, answer questions, and participate in computer-based memory tasks.

If you are interested in learning more about the study or would like to enroll your child, please contact Samantha.Gustafson@Vanderbilt.edu or call 936-7498.