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Participants needed for sound processing and language in children with mild to moderate hearing loss research study

18 April 2013

Children and adolescents aged between 8-15 years are wanted to take part in a UCLresearch project - sound processing and language in children with mild tomoderate hearing loss.

What is involved?

Children will be seen over two sessions. Both sessions will take place at the ICL
Research Centre at UCL. In these sessions we will assess children's sound
processing abilities in two ways. We will use computer games to measure the
smallest difference that children can detect between two sounds.

We will also use event-related potentials (ERP) to measure the children's automatic brain responses when they are listening to sounds. To do this, children will wear a special cap with receptors that can detect tiny changes in the electrical activity of the brain. This technique is entirely non-invasive and harmless. Children can watch a silent DVD during this part of the session. Finally, we also carry out a number of language  assessments. These are in the form of puzzles and games that children usually find fun.

This research project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and
has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (PI Dr Lorna Halliday).

As a thank you for their time and co-operation, participants will receive a £15 gift


If you would like to take part, or would like to know more about the project, please
contact Dr Outi Tuomainen.

Dr Outi Tuomainen, ICL Research Facility