UBC Pediatric Audiology Lab studies for infants & young children

Researchers at the UBC Pediatric Audiology Lab are conducting a study to improve the way a new hearing aid is used for infants and young children. In addition, we hope to learn more about how infants and young children hear sound through vibration. If your child is between 0-5 years of age, he/she may be eligible to participate. Both normal hearing children and children with hearing loss are invited to participate.

People hear sound through sound waves in the air and by bone vibrations through the skull bones. A new “bone-conduction” hearing aid uses this technique for people who cannot be helped by standard hearing aids. The hearing aid is a small vibrating device that is positioned on the bone directly behind the ear. Recently these bone-conduction hearing aids became available for children age 5 years and younger. We hope to help improve the way these hearing aids are adjusted by better understanding the mechanical properties of the head for children in this age range. By placing a small vibrating device against your child’s head and a small microphone in his/her ear canal, we can collect important information about bone-conduction hearing. Participation will take approximately 30 minutes, and will be completed in our lab at UBC. You will be paid an honorarium for participating in the study.

For more information, please contact:
The Pediatric Audiology Lab at UBC
Susan A. Small, Ph.D or Allison Mackey, Research Assistant
604-822-6325, pal@audiospeech.ubc.ca

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