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Participants Needed for a Study on Listening Experiences

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is looking for persons 65 years old and older for a study about real-life listening difficulties.

Participants in the study will have two sessions with the researcher, one in-person and one via phone/videoconference. The in-person session will happen in a convenient location for the participant – either their residence or a community location such as a local library, or at a UMass lab in Amherst or Springfield.

During the study, which will last for one week, participants will respond to survey questions on their mobile phone. Participants will undergo a hearing screening, a memory screener and a phone interview about their listening experiences, and will be asked to answer a few questions 3-5 times per day about their listening experiences using a mobile phone app.

To be eligible for the study, participants must not be a current hearing-aid-user and must believe they have a hard time understanding speech in at least one situation. They will receive a $20 Amazon gift card for completing this study.

For more information or to sign up for the study, call 413-545-0565 or email healthy-hearing@umass.edu.