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Do you have Hearing Loss? Volunteer for Hearing Research at USC!

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ORGANIZATION: University of Southern California, Otolaryngology

  • 28 people are interested
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We are looking for people with hearing loss to participate in our study!! If you fall into any one of the following groups, we would love to hear from you!

1. Have been exposed to loud sounds in a career (i.e. construction, music, military)

2. Received rounds of antibiotics for surgeries or longstanding infections
3. Born with hearing loss or experienced hearing loss from early childhood or teenage years
4. Received chemotherapy for cancer
5. Have been diagnosed with Meniere's Disease


We are an NIH-sponsored study of hearing and hearing loss, with a goal to develop a new clinic protocol to test hearing. Our study records soft sounds from the ear (called Otoacoustic Emissions) with a comfortable ear bud that contains a microphone. This might sound odd to you but the ear does indeed make sound! In the process of "hearing" and sending the message up to the brain for interpretation, the ear creates its own sounds and they travel back into the ear canal where we measure them with this ear bud. This is a non-invasive test and requires no response from the participant. In fact we want you to relax and watch a movie of your choice on Amazon Prime during measurements!

As part of determining candidacy, we will also do a hearing test and a test of middle-ear function to see how your eardrum is moving. The test session will be on average 2-2.5 hrs in duration. Free parking is available and reimbursement of $20/hour is provided.

Contact info: Tricia Benjamin, Au.D., at triciabe@usc.edu or abdala@usc.edu.
626-632-2167

Or sign up directly at our study website: https://sites.usc.edu/hearingresearch/contact/

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About University of Southern California, Otolaryngology

Location:

1640 Marengo St., Los Angeles, CA 90033, US

Mission Statement

Our lab studies the cochlea (inner ear) of the human auditory system to answer basic questions such as: When does the cochlea fully mature during infancy and childhood? and How does cochlear function change across the human lifespan as one ages? We also work to develop novel and advanced diagnostic tests for hearing loss with the goal of personalizing treatments for those with hearing impairment.

Description

Our studies records soft sounds from the ear. This might sound odd to you but the ear does indeed make sound! In the process of "hearing" and sending the message up to the brain for interpretation, the ear creates its own sounds and they travel back into the ear canal where we measure them with this ear bud. These are called otoacoustic emissions (OAES). They are absolutely non-invasive to measure and the test requires no response from the participant. Currently OAEs are measured in hearing clinics and hospitals to screen for or detect hearing loss. However, we are more interested in learning about and characterizing hearing loss, not just detecting it. And those of you with normal-hearing serve as a reference against which to compare OAE results from individuals with hearing loss. We are trying to develop a more comprehensive test of OAEs to understand the origin of specific hearing losses and to distinguish between hearing losses that are similar in some ways but differ in their underlying cause or in the pathology that produced the impairment.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families
Children & Youth, Health & Medicine, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1640 Marengo StreetLos Angeles, CA 90033

(34.05924,-118.21373)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • The test session will be on average 2 to 2.5 hours in duration. Parking is provided and you will be reimbursed for time spent ($20/hour).
  • Age 11 to 80 years of age with known or suspected hearing loss can participate.

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