Research / Survey Opportunities

Agencies, Organizations, Universities and others are often looking for participation of families and professionals for current research and survey projects. Each opportunity listed below has contact information if you would like to participate. Please contact the specific entity that is sponsoring each research/survey opportunity if you would like more information.

Unless otherwise noted, Hands & Voices does not necessarily promote the goals and objectives of listed research/survey opportunities and participants are advised to clarify any questions/concerns prior to participation with contacts listed for each research/survey opportunity.

For information on submitting your project for inclusion on this page please read our Submittal Request Sheet.

DATES NAME OF OPPORTUNITY TARGET POPULATION
Thru 9/28/2022 Parent Perceptions on the Effect of COVID-19 on Pediatric Speech and Hearing Services Nationwide
Thru December 2021 The perceptions and experiences of parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children in seeking and receiving support from other parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children Nationwide
Thru December 2022 Caregiver Comparison of the Language Use Inventory to the Pragmatics Checklist for Families of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Nationwide
Thru 5/3/2022 Virtual Zoom Study for Children with Hearing Aides Nationwide
Thru 5/3/2022 In-Person Hearing Study Measuring Effects of Background Noise Nationwide
Thru December 2024

Neurocognition of Literacy in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Nationwide
Thru February 2022 Barriers and Facilitators of Language Exposure and Development in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Children with Hearing Parents Nationwide
Through February 2022 Communication Intervention for Toddlers with Hearing Loss Nationwide
Ongoing How do little ears with hearing loss hear? Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota (within driving distance of Madison, WI)
TBD Pregnancy Outcomes and Experiences among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women Nationwide
Ongoing Parent Child Interaction therapy for parents and deaf children Washington, D.C. and vicinity
Ongoing Binaural pitch fusion in children with cochlear implants and hearing aids Nationwide
Ongoing The Looking Game: Children’s Social Play, Language Development, and Eye Contact with Adults. Seattle, WA and surrounding areas- Other national locations in future
Ongoing Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss Chicago, IL and surrounding areas
Ongoing Research Volunteers Needed for a Study at the University of Chicago Medical Center! Chicagoland Area
Ongoing National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP – “kneecap”) AZ, CA, ID, WY, ME, TX, IN, CO, OR, WI, MN
Ongoing Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University Nationwide
Ongoing Survey On FM Use For Children With Hearing Loss Nationwide

 

Parent Research / Survey Opportunities

- Descriptions of Studies -

 

 


Parent Perceptions on the Effect of COVID-19 on Pediatric Speech and Hearing Services

Are you a parent/guardian/care giver of a child who receives services from a speech-language pathologist or hearing healthcare provider? If so, we invite you to participate in a research study conducted by Sarah Allen, AuD, PhD, CCC-A and Charia Hall, AuD, CCC-A both faculty of the UAMS College of Health Professions’ Audiology Department.

The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences parents have had pursuing speech/language and hearing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey only takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

More Info:

Flyer 1

Flyer 2

Survey:

https://redcap.link/h77e258m

Thank you for your consideration,
Sarah Allen, AuD, PhD, CCC-A and Charia Hall, AuD, CCC-A

 

 

 


 

The perceptions and experiences of parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children in seeking and receiving support from other parents of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children.

My name is Madeleine Johnston and I am a graduate student in the Exceptional Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For my research project, I am conducting a survey of parents of deaf or hard of hearing (DHH) students on their experiences in receiving support from other parents of DHH children.

 

The survey is through Google Forms, and it is completely voluntary and anonymous. The questions are a combination of multiple choice and short answer and it should take no longer than 15 minutes. I would greatly appreciate your help by filling out this survey. You can contact me by email if you have any questions before or after you fill it out. At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would be willing to participate in a phone interview to answer further survey questions. If you would like to participate, please share your name and email address in the Google form, or you can email me directly at johnst93@uwm.edu.

Research Questions

  1. What are the experiences of families of D/HH students in seeking and receiving support from other families with D/HH children?
  2. What kind of support are parents interested in receiving from connecting with other families (e.g., parenting advice, emotional support, participating in the deaf community together, sharing resources, etc.)?

Methodology

            This study is designed to explore the perceptions and experiences of parents of DHH children in seeking and receiving support from other parents of DHH children. A qualitative survey and interview process will be utilized to gather information from families of DHH children across the state of Wisconsin. Participants in the survey will be contacted through the Wisconsin Educational Services Program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WESP-DHH), a Facebook group for parents of DHH children, and an email list of parents of DHH children from the researcher’s school of employment. A Google Forms survey will be sent out, and responses will be collected and charted through the Google Forms program.

Please click the link below to begin the survey.

https://forms.gle/mjC9YvGf2qndr3Hm8

 

 


ISU

Caregiver Comparison of the Language Use Inventory to the Pragmatics Checklist for Families of Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Researchers from Idaho State University are conducting a study comparing two methods of assessing the pragmatic, (or social language use) abilities of children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing between 24-60 months of age. Specifically, this study compares caregivers’ reflections on two assessments (the Pragmatics Checklist & the Language Use Inventory), for pragmatic language skills. Participants from around the country are encouraged to apply for our study as it is completed solely online. In return for their participation and completion of the study, participants will be provided their child’s language use results and will be entered into a raffle for a $50 Amazon gift card.

Who can participate:

Caregivers will be asked to:

Contact Us:

 

 

 

 

 


UW

Virtual Zoom Study for Children with Hearing Aides

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Laboratory for Auditory Neuroscience and Development are recruiting participants to be a part of our study. We are investigating the neural processing of complex sounds, such as when more than one person is talking at the same time.

Who can participate:

What to expect:

Contact us:

Study email: landlab@uw.edu

(if interested, please email with your name, child’s name, and child’s date of birth, subject line: “Virtual Zoom Study Interest”)

 

 

 

 


UW

In-Person Hearing Study Measuring Effects of Background Noise

Researchers from the University of Washington’s Laboratory for Auditory Neuroscience and Development are recruiting participants to be a part of our study. We are investigating the neural processing of complex sounds, such as when more than one person is talking at the same time. We are aiming to measure the interaural time difference of auditory stimuli when there is background noise, replicative of real-life situations.

Who can participate:

What to expect:

Contact us:

(if interested, please email with your name, child’s name, and child’s date of birth, subject line: “In-Person EEG Study Interest”)



 

 

 


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Neurocognition of Literacy in Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Researchers from Vanderbilt University at the Brain Development Lab are conducting a first of its kind study looking at how d/Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children’s brains develop reading skill. We are particularly interested in how varying communication modes (spoken English, ASL, or use of both) may change how the brain develops. Participants from around the country are encouraged to apply for our study in Nashville, Tennessee. Travel accommodations are provided to those eligible. Fluent signing members of the lab are available to meet with parents and participants who communicate in American Sign Language.

Who can participate:

What to expect:

Find out if you’re eligible:

Take the 5-minute survey here! https://redcap.link/DHHReadingStudy

Contact Us:

 

 

 

 


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Barriers and Facilitators of Language Exposure and Development in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Children with Hearing Parents

 

This research project is driven by the following goals:

  1. To identify meaningful information about practical barriers that hearing parents of a Deaf or hard-of-hearing (DHH) child face to early language access in the United States.
  2. To explore the emotional experience of hearing parents after discovering their child’s hearing loss and how this is associated with their decisions.
  3. To understand the factors that supported parents during their journey to overcome barriers to language exposure and development.
  4. To generate questions for future research.

How will this information be used?:

  1. To help generate information to drive future studies in this field.
  2. To provide information that will inform medical providers about how to best support DHH children with hearing parents.
  3. To spark new conversations among this community and the medical field regarding language exposure for DHH children.

Eligibility:

Hearing parents of a Deaf or hard-of-hearing child at least 5 years since the time the child was identified as being Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Participation Requirements:

  1. Interviews will be conducted over Zoom or telephone with parents.
  2. The interviews will last approximately 1 hour.

How to Learn More:

  1. Contact Sydney Loria at sydney_loria@urmc.rochester.edu
  2. IRB STUDY00006219 Exemption

Thank you so much in advance for your consideration and support!

 

 

 


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Communication Intervention for Toddlers with Hearing Loss

The Early Intervention Research Group (EIRG) at Northwestern University is conducting a virtual language development study for children with hearing loss and their parents, funded by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Infants with bilateral hearing loss younger than 19 months old would be eligible to participate with a parent. Families can use any communication modality. Participation in this study is in addition to other services families may already receive. Parents will receive tips about how to support their child’s language development, reports about their child’s development, compensation for their time (up to $950), and an iPad and equipment to help with virtual visits. Some families may also receive virtual parent coaching to work on communication strategies with their child.

To learn more about your eligibility and the study, you can do any of the following and Laura from the Early Intervention Research Group will be in touch!

  1. Complete this recruitment survey link
  2. Text ‘info’ 847-750-3440
  3. Email ei@northwestern.edu


 

 


 

How do little ears with hearing loss hear?

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of the study is to identify neural factors that influence hearing aid benefit in children with hearing loss. Specifically, the study will use brain waves (EEG) to measure how well a child hears through his/her hearing aids. Using brain waves could help identify children who have difficulty hearing speech through hearing aids earlier than routine hearing tests and therefore help improve clinical care.

Who is eligible? 5 to 17 year old children with permanent (sensorineural) hearing loss in one or both ears. Children with hearing aids and/or one cochlear implant are eligible. Children with two cochlear implants are not eligible.

What does participation involve?

What can I expect for my participation?

Contact if you have any questions or are interested in participating:
Name: Emma McGrath
Email: childhearing@waisman.wisc.edu
Phone: 608-263-2697

 

 

 


Pregnancy Outcomes and Experiences among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Women

The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine are currently studying pregnancy outcomes and experiences in women with a hearing loss.  Our team of researchers recently launched a new online survey for Deaf and hard of hearing mothers who have given birth in the last 10 years.  The goal of this survey is to help us understand what may be driving the increased risk for adverse birth outcomes and improve pregnancy care for Deaf and hard of hearing women. 

If you, or anyone you know who might be interested in taking the survey (available in ASL, English or Spanish), please follow this link:

https://sardiprogram.com/DeafPregnancyOutcomes/

Download Flyer - Aqui en espanol

 

 

 


 

Parent Child Interaction therapy for parents and deaf children

PCIT is an empirically-supported treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that focus on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship.  Treatment lasts a minimum of 12 weeks. 
If you are interested in learning more about PCIT to see if your family qualifies please contact pcit@gallaudet.edu

These services will be offered at no charge to families who are willing to commit to the program.  The sessions are held weekly at Gallaudet University and are supervised by licensed psychologist.

This research has been approved by Gallaudet University’s Institutional Review Board. If you would like to receive PCIT services for you and your family, please contact me us at pcit@gallaudet.edu.

 

 


The George Washington University Cochlear Implant Communication Lab

Washington, D.C.

Participants needed By George Washington University Researchers

Prosody & Voice Characteristics of
Children Using Cochlear Implants

Hello! We are researchers from the George Washington University Cochlear Implant Communication Lab located in Washington, D.C. The goal of our research is to better understand how young, deaf children with cochlear implants and/or hearing aids develop their speaking and listening abilities. We are currently obtaining data on both hearing children and those with cochlear implants. Our research will investigate characteristics of language, sound production, voice, rhythm, and inflections during various speaking tasks.

Who is eligible for this research?

We are looking for participants with normal hearing, hearing aids, or cochlear implants who exhibit reliance on spoken English in the home and who meet the following criteria:

What is involved if my child participates?

Following completion of data collection:

If you have questions or are interested in participating in this study please contact:
James Mahshie, Ph.D.
Professor, George Washington University
Sangsook Choi, Ph.D.
Researcher
2115 G St., NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-3195 or email cistudy@gwu.edu

 

 


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Study: Binaural Pitch Fusion
in Children with Cochlear Implants and Hearing Aids

 

Portland, Oregon

The goal of our research is to understand how children who wear hearing aids, cochlear implants, or a hearing aid and a cochlear implant combine sounds between the two ears, and how this may explain some of the variability in speech and music perception abilities. We are also studying how age and development in children affect how sounds are combined between the ears.

Your child may be eligible to participate if he/she:

What is involved if my child participates?

Participants will receive:

Your child will be paid $15-$25 per hour for the study, plus travel and overnight costs, as applicable.  More information about the study is available online at http://www.ohsu.edu/cihalab.

If your child would like to participate in this study or you would like more information, please contact:
Lina A.J. Reiss, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
reiss@ohsu.edu
(503) 494-2917

This study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

 

 


logoThe Looking Game:

Children’s Social Play, Language Development, and Eye Contact with Adults.

 

Is your child deaf or hard of hearing?

Participate in our study!

We are looking for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to play during a Looking-Game Study. We want to learn about children’s social play, language development, and eye contact with adults. Parents can learn about related research discoveries. Children play with researchers and toys. Parents are with their child for the whole visit. Paperwork for parents is in English. Participation is completely voluntary.

Participation Details:
Involves a one time, one hour visit to the University of Washington. Parents will be compensated for travel and parking expenses. The child will receive a thank you gift for participating in our study.

Child may be eligible to participate if:

  1. He/she is 8-36 months old
  2. Deaf or hard of hearing

Contact information:

Dawn Hathaway
jalab@uw.edu
(206) 685-2045
Our Flyer: http://ilabs.washington.edu/DHHLookStudy.pdf

 

 


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Language Development in Children with Hearing Loss Research Project

 

Your child may be eligible to participate if he/she:

Participants will receive:

All children will receive at no cost to you:

Participants will be randomly chosen to receive either parent training and monthly language check-ups OR monthly language check-ups only.

Only children assigned to the parent training intervention group will receive:

Contact:

Megan Roberts, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
megan.roberts1@northwestern.edu
(315) 481-9605

This study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

 

 


Research Volunteers Needed for
a Study at the University of
Chicago Medical Center!

We are looking for parents of children with hearing loss to participate in a toddler sound environment study

Families who qualify may earn between $350 and $400

Dr. Suskind and her research team at the University of Chicago Medical Center are interested in learning more about toddler sound environments. As part of this study, you will complete recordings of your child’s sound environment and the research team will analyze the recordings using special software. Information gathered will help find ways to improve children’s sound environments and help them reach their potential!

You and your child may qualify if:

Call 773-834-8629 to find out if you qualify!

 

 

 


Hands & Voices is pleased to announce it’s Partnership with the:  

National Early Childhood Assessment Project (NECAP – “kneecap”)

Principal Investigator: Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator: Allison Sedey, Ph.D.

 

We are excited to announce a new project awarded to Dr. Christine Yoshinaga-Itano at the University of Colorado-Boulder by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The aims of this project are to:

Eligible Participants

All children from 6 months to 4 years of age with permanent hearing loss are eligible to participate.  Children whose loss is not permanent (e.g., cases where the hearing loss is solely a result of otitis media) are not eligible.  Eligible children may have:

Benefits of Participation

Individual Child and Family Benefits

Program Benefits

If you have questions or are interested in becoming involved in this project, please contact:

Allison Sedey
University of Colorado-Boulder

409 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
303: 492-0078
Allison.Sedey@Colorado.edu

Hands & Voices Contact:  Janet DesGeorges
303-492-6283
janet@handsandvoices.org

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Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2)at Gallaudet University

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ANNOUNCING the launch of a longitudinal study of young deaf and hard of hearing children by the Science of Learning Center on Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University.  The three-year study will involve gathering detailed information and collecting data regarding young deaf and hard of hearing children’s language development, communication, and developmental profiles.

Along with surveys of parents, teachers, and school administrators, a comprehensive battery of assessments administered by trained evaluators from Gallaudet University will be given to deaf and hard of hearing children whose families agree to participate.    

VL2 is seeking schools to participate in the study.  Parents are encouraged to talk to their school administrators and inform them about the study.  Participation is not limited to children who sign; all communication approaches are eligible to participate.

I have set up a blog on the VL2 Public Wiki http://vl2wiki.editme.com/ to provide updates about the project and to answer questions that you may have. 

Sharon Baker, Research-Practice Integration Team member

 For more information or to register as a partnership school, contact:

Thomas Allen, Ph.D., Principal Investigator
Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning
Gallaudet University SLCC 1200
800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-651-5866

Email: VL2@gallaudet.edu

Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2)
The VL2 Center, located on the campus of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, is one of six Science of Learning Centers (SLC) funded by the National Science Foundation grant # SBE-0541953.  The Center brings together deaf and hearing researchers and educators from national and international institutions to conduct interrelated studies across disciplines. VL2’s primary mission is to gain a greater under­standing of the biological, cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence visual language and visual learning.  More information may be found at www.vl2.gallaudet.edu.

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SURVEY ON FM USE FOR CHILDREN WITH HEARING LOSS

To our colleagues and to parents of children
with hearing loss

We are trying to understand how many children with hearing loss are using FM systems. If they are using them, at what ages, and in what conditions they are used. We have developed a quick and easy survey that we want to distribute to parents of children with hearing loss (assuming that they will know best how and where their children are using FM's). We would appreciate it if you could share this survey link with the parents of children you work with in the hope that they will be willing to complete the information. Families with more than one child with hearing loss should complete the form separately for each child.  We are really grateful for your help

Thank you, Jane Madell and Carol Flexer

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FMkids

Jane R. Madell, PhD
Director, Pediatric Audiology Consulting
Jane@JaneMadell.com

Carol Flexer, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
University of Akron
cflexer@uakron.edu