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Hearing Problems in Children: Mobile Study Seeks Volunteers

A University of Iowa research study on hearing loss in children is taking its efforts on the road.

Two mobile testing vans allow researchers to travel statewide to assess children ages 6 months to 6 years with permanent hearing loss in both ears, ranging from mild to severe.

The study goal is to find the best ways to help these children advance their speech, language, social and academic skills.

Eligible children must be from a home where at least one caregiver speaks English. There is no requirement that the child use hearing aids.

Participation involves at least one visit per year for three years. Each visit evaluates the child's hearing and communication abilities. Study results will be shared with the family and school professionals, if desired. Compensation is available.

The study is based in the UI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and also involves Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska and the University of North Carolina. The study is funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health.

For more information, contact Marlea O'Brien at 800-551-5601 or marlea-obrien@uiowa.edu or visit www.ochl-study.org.

Source: University of Iowa [www.uiowa.edu]

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