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Volunteer for Research on Hearing and Hearing Loss at USC

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University of Southern California, Abdalab

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 10 people are interested

We are currently running an NIH-sponsored study of hearing and hearing loss and we invite your participation. Our study records soft sounds from the ear 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. 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, in this study 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.

If you participate, you will be asked to sit quietly (in an almost meditative state so as to minimize environmental noise) and an ear bud fit to your ear canal will present sounds. Your job is just to sit as still and calmly as possible while we record the sounds that come from your ears in response to the sounds we present. We will also do hearing tests and a test of middle-ear function to see how your eardrum is moving. The test session will be on average roughly 2 hrs long but sometimes takes a little longer. Parking is provided and you will be reimbursed $20 for a 2-hr test session; $10/hr if the test requires additional time. Anyone with normal hearing over 18 years of age can participate.

Please contact: Samantha Stiepan Samantha.stiepan@med.usc.edu or Carolina Abdala Carolina.Abdala@usc.edu

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

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About University of Southern California, Abdalab

Location:

1640 Marengo St. Ste 326,, 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.

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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.

Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1640 Marengo StreetLos Angeles, CA 90033

(34.05924,-118.21373)
 

SKILLS

  • Healthcare

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • The test session will be on average roughly 2 hrs long but sometimes takes a little longer. Parking is provided and you will be reimbursed $20 for a 2-hr test session; $10/hr if the test requires additional time.
  • Anyone 10 to 80 years of age can participate.

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