Research study seeks participants between the ages of 5 to 7

Sep 16 2013

Doctor of Audiology candidate Nicole Maynard seeks typically developing 5- to 7-year-old children for participation in a research study investigating the ability of young children to detect small gaps in a stream of noise. Children must be 5- to 7-year-old monolingual speakers of English, must not be suspected of or diagnosed with neurological disorders or hearing impairments, learning delays, auditory processing disorders, or attention disorders, and must be free from significant histories of ear infections (defined as an initial episode of otitis media before the age of 6 months or a history of P.E. tube use).

Participation will involve a brief questionnaire regarding your child’s history, a comprehensive screening of your child’s hearing and phonological awareness abilities, and administration of the Gaps-in-Noise test, which involves listening to bursts of noise under headphones, and pressing a response button when a pause in the noise is heard. Parents or guardians will receive results from hearing and phonological awareness screenings at the conclusion of their child’s participation.

For more information, or to enroll your 5- to 7- year-old child, please contact Nicole Maynard at nmaynard@comdis.umass.edu, or 802-431-5398.