July 17, 2014

Children needed for listening study

Todd Ricketts, Ph.D., associate professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, is conducting a research study examining how much brain power children use when listening to speech in noise.

To qualify, a person must:
· Be between the ages of 11 and 17
· Have normal hearing
· Have no other developmental disabilities 

Testing is expected to last no more than six hours, spread out over up to four days of testing (less than 10 hours total). During the testing, your child will be repeating back words and pressing a button as quickly as possible. Before we start testing, researchers will need to do a quick check of your child’s hearing. 
Payment is $15/hour, with possible maximum payment of $150.

The risks to being in the study include boredom and inconvenience. However, researchers will endeavor to make sure your child doesn’t get too tired or bored by giving breaks. In addition, there is a slight risk of loss of confidentiality, but many steps are taken to protect your child’s data and no one associated with the study will tell anyone your child was in the study. 

If you and your child are interested and would like more information, please contact Lauren Charles at 504-9205 or at lauren.m.charles@vanderbilt.edu.