The team's long-range goals, which were developed based on our research findings, are to develop age-appropriate listening strategies that clinicians and family members can use with children who are hard of hearing. The investigators also will develop methods to help clinicians in identifying children who are at risk for difficulties in complex listening skills.
Dr. Ryan McCreery leads the research team at Boys Town National Research Hospital, and Dr. Beth Walker leads the team at the University of Iowa.
Research visits for the Complex Listening study occur in the spring or summer after children complete 1st and 3rd grades. Each visit lasts approximately 3 to 4 hours. Families are compensated for their time and children are also able to choose a prize at the end of the research visit.
1st and 3rd grade visits are very similar and include some of the following tasks: