October 14, 2010

The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Needs Adult Participants for a Hearing Aid Study

The Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center is looking for adults over age 21 with known or suspected hearing losses who are interested in participating in a hearing aid study.

To participate, patients should have a hearing loss and be willing and able to spend the time to be evaluated, fitted for hearing aids and complete a 30-day evaluation period following the fitting.

You may qualify for the study if you experience any of the following hearing-related difficulties: difficulty understanding speech in presence of background noise or in group settings; difficulty hearing speech clearly in church or a place of worship, classrooms or meetings; difficulty hearing speech on the telephone, television or hearing the voices of children and female speakers.

Audiometric testing (a formal evaluation of your hearing) will be used to determine eligibility for participation. Deadline to participate in this initial testing is Nov. 30.

Under the supervision of William Dickinson, M.D., and Todd Ricketts, M.D., all services will be provided in the audiology clinic of the Bill Wilkerson Center by Doctors of Audiology and Doctor of Audiology students. Specialized audiometric testing will be provided at no charge.

No purchase is necessary, but if you choose to purchase the hearing aid following the 30-day evaluation, you will receive a 15 percent discount as our thanks for your time and participation.

You do not have to be an employee of Vanderbilt to participate in this program. For further information or to sign up for a hearing test to see if you qualify for this program, please call Lisa Cook at 936-5071 or send an e-mail to vandyhafall10@gmail.com.