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
March 24 – April 30 2021 Expectations towards hearing aids for children & teens Worldwide
Spring 2020-Spring 2021 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Narrative Project Nationwide
9/21/2020 - 4/1/2021 Caregivers’ Experiences in Accessing Mental Health Treatment for their Children Nationwide
Started Fall 2019 – Ends April 1st, 2021 The Impact of Screen Time/Technology on Children with Hearing Impairments Nationwide
Through February 2022 Communication Intervention for Toddlers with Hearing Loss Nationwide
Ongoing Profiles of Language and Literacy Acquisition in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children who use Sign DC, MD, VA- proximity to Gallaudet University
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
Thru July 2021 Families & Hearing Study Ohio
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 -

 

 

 


 

Expectations towards hearing aids for children & teens

As a parent of a child with hearing loss, it is important to understand that children of different ages have different needs, but the need to maximize quantity and quality of sound is important at every age.

Phonak takes a holistic approach to help the social, emotional and cognitive development of children with hearing loss from the moment they begin their hearing journey. Our products aim to make the most of every interaction while being easy to use, high performing and reliable solutions at the same time.

In order to constantly improve our hearing solutions, we are interested to learn more about the specific needs and expectations of children and teens who currently wear hearing aids.

Therefore we invite all parents of children/teens aged up to 18 years as well as older teenagers (15-18) to participate in an online survey (duration approx. 15 minutes). Your input is greatly appreciated and will help us to further develop our pediatric hearing solutions.

Questionnaire link to participate:
https://www.efs-survey.com/uc/Anovum/ac71/?a=1&b=2

Contact: marketinsight@phonak.com

 

 

 


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Narrative Project

For this study I am looking to recruit children between the ages of five and seven years old that use English or American Sign Language as their primary language at home and have a diagnosed hearing loss. This study would not be appropriate if your child has vision impairments that would impact them seeing the story or the inability to attend to a story for at least 20 minutes. 

This study takes place entirely on ZOOM at a time that is convenient for your family. The meeting will take roughly 30 minutes. During our meeting time, your child will be shown two stories, in either static book or silent movie format, and then asked to retell what they observed. Following our zoom meeting with your child, we will analyze his/her language at the microstructural and macrostructural level to determine how their narrative productions differ across each condition. A similar study was done by Dr. Puhlman and her colleagues with typical children and they found that children had significantly better language at both the micro and macro levels in the movie format. I am predicting that this will be seen with children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. As a thank you for their participation, your child will be sent a book of their choice.

Interested families are asked to contact Jane Puhlman (jane.puhlman@maine.edu).

[ For More Information - download our flyer here. ]

DHOH Narrative Project
The University of Maine
Lauren Sabatino

 

 


Caregivers’ Experiences in Accessing Mental Health Treatment for their Children

Our names are Kim Hager, LICSW, and Maria Martinez Calderon, LMHC. We both work as outpatient therapists at Children’s Friend, Inc., an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation, in Worcester, MA. We are interested in studying the experiences in and barriers to accessing mental health services for families, especially with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The hope is the survey results will assist mental health providers in tailoring services to meet families’ needs.

We are asking caregivers to complete a free and anonymous online survey, which takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes. Caregivers include biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, step-parents, and guardians with children under the age of 18 living anywhere within the United States. The survey is in both English and Spanish.

The link to the English survey is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQFSMVV

The link to the Spanish survey is: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2DXD5TX

You are welcome to pass on the links and/or give the attached flyers to anyone willing to participate in the survey.

Please contact us at Children’s Friend, Inc. at 508-753-5425 or by e-mail at khager@childrensfriend.org or mmartinez@childrensfriend.org with any further questions.

We appreciate your assistance in making this research study possible!

Kim Hager, LICSW, and Maria Martinez Calderon, LMHC

 

 

 


The Impact of Screen Time/Technology on Children with Hearing Impairments

This study explores the correlation of screen exposure on the executive functioning and social skills of children with hearing impairments between the ages 8-12. Executive functioning includes mental skills utilized in learning and development such as impulse/emotional control, working memory, prioritizing, and task organization. These skills are crucial to understanding positive behavior and achieving goals. Social skills are the ability to communicate with others verbally and non-verbally. These skills provide the foundations for academic and life success. This research seeks to determine if a correlation exists between technology/screen time and executive functioning and social skills in children with hearing impairments.

A survey will be administered to children with hearing impairments who will be assessed using the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) and the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF) tests. Using the SSIS, I will be able to determine an individual's social competence from an outside perspective as well as a self-evaluation. The BRIEF will assess behavioral regulation (control impulse, shift attention, regulate responses) and metacognition. The data collection instruments will include a survey about screen exposure, the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF), and the Social Skills Improvement System (SSIS) Rating Scale. These materials will be sent via mail and include a stamped and return address envelope. Once the materials are mailed back, children’s screen time surveys will be assessed, as well as the test data to determine the effects of screen time/technology exposure on children with hearing impairments. This data will then be compared to existing data for typically developing children. Children and parents who send back their fully completed materials packet will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

For more information or to reach out to participate, please email ang020@uark.edu

 

 


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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

 

 


 

Profiles of Language and Literacy Acquisition in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children who use Sign

 

Dear Parents,
We are looking for signing D/HH children, ages 4-18, to participate in our research study. We are investigating assessment strategies that identify typical vs. delayed sign language acquisition and learn how they relate to attainment of academic skills. We are looking for sign language and academic skills of all levels.

Who is eligible:

What participation involves:

What you will get for participating:

How to participate:

 

 


 

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

 


 

 

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Families & Hearing Study

Description:
The enormous variability in developmental outcomes of children with hearing loss is a significant clinical problem. Research efforts to account for individual differences that focus almost exclusively on hearing loss- or child-related factors are a critical barrier to progress in the field of pediatric audiology. In this 5-year project (funded by the NIH-NIDCD #DC014956), we are examining the influence of family dynamics on spoken language and executive function outcomes in children with hearing loss.

Who we are recruiting and what is involved:

The Developmental Speech Lab at The Ohio State University and the DeVault Otologic Research Lab at the Indiana University School of Medicine are jointly recruiting families of children age 3-8 years, who have an English-speaking parent and who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants OR have typical hearing and language development.

Help us learn more about the contribution of family environment to developmental outcomes in children.

Caregivers complete questionnaires. Caregivers and children participate in games and exercises involving language and thinking. All sessions happen in the home with two clinical researchers from Ohio State or the Indiana University School of Medicine. Families participate in 3 sessions over the next 2 years, at their convenience.

Participants receive up to $625 in gift cards.

For more information in or near Ohio, contact The Developmental Speech lab at 614-688-2235 or devspech_lab@osu.edu
For more information in or near Indiana, contact the DeVault Otologic Research Lab at 317-274-4915 or devinfo@iupui.edu

 

 


 

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