Adult Cochlear Implant Survey

The Ear Foundation (TEF) is carrying out research to examine cochlear implantation in adults. As part of this, we would really appreciate to hear about your views and experiences as an adult with cochlear implants and the value of your implant to you. This survey explores any changes cochlear implantation has made to your life. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes, and your answers will be anonymous and all responses will be safely stored.
Please find more information and the survey link here:

Your Help is Needed on these Research Topics

UCL SPEECH HEARING AND PHONETIC SCIENCES

Researchers at UCL in London are seeking volunteers with any kind of cochlear implant to participate in a study testing a method of speech perception training.

Many cochlear implant (CI) users achieve good levels of speech understanding. However, hearing through a CI is very different to normal hearing. Information about speech sounds is distorted and degraded in several ways, which is particularly problematic for speech recognition in noisy backgrounds. Reflecting these difficulties, CI users’ speech recognition typically improves with everyday listening experience over periods of months or years after implantation. The aim of the proposed research is to investigate the extent to which training can facilitate CI users’ speech understanding. Training will be carried out at home on tablet computers and will use recordings of stories divided up into phrases from which the listener selects target words from amongst similar alternatives. Different implementations of the same general approach will be targeted at CI users with different initial levels of speech understanding. The effectiveness of training will be examined with lab-based speech perception tests and with questionnaire-based measures of perceived benefit.

Travel costs to UCL will be paid (receipt or travel document needed).For more information about the study and about how to take part,
contact:Tim Green at tim.green@ucl.ac.uk
Chandler House 2, Wakefield St., London WC1N 1PF 0207 6794098

In another project Dr. Kurt Steinmetzger is looking for cochlear implant users to participate in a research project investigating the perception of speech in noisy backgrounds. The only prerequisite to take part is that you are a post-lingually deafened adult cochlear implant user. You will be presented with sentences embedded in different types of background noise and asked to repeat as many of the words you can make out. The experiment will take about 90 minutes to complete and you will be paid for participating (£8 per hour). Testing will take place in the research laboratory of the Department of Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences at University College London (Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF). If you are interested please contact Dr. Kurt Steinmetzger (kurt.steinmetzger.12@ucl.ac.uk). Your help would be much appreciated.

University College London

An experiment for your ears and eyes!
Are you interested in helping a research experiment designed to improve your
speech recognition and ease listening effort when using your cochlear implants?
This is a PhD project based in Speech Hearing and Phonetic Sciences Department in University College London.
What you’ll expect from the experiment:
– 2 sessions of assessment: visiting our state-of-the-art lab and running some interesting tests using both your ears and eyes
– 3 sessions of home training: improving by sitting on a couch at home and doing a simple listening task on a tablet computer
– costs of public transport and a light lunch on assessment days reimbursed
– 15 pounds as a token of gratitude at the end of the experiment
We are looking for native English speakers:- living or working near Greater London – post-lingually deaf  – at least 12 months of experience with your implants – have visited your audiologist in the past 12 months
If you are interested to learn more about the experiment and participate, please don’t hesitate to get into contact! Your help will be greatly appreciated!
Yue Zhang Tel: 07859275875 Email: Yue.zhang.12@ucl.ac.uk Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF

Assessing Bilateral Cochlear Implants with a Multi-Speaker Test

We are looking for people aged 16 years or older who have two cochlear implants.   We would like help with the development of an assessment for improving the fitting of bilateral cochlear implants.  We are in the third phase of the development of a new assessment. Our research involves speech games that are presented over loudspeakers in a special anechoic room (a sophisticated sound booth) and we will ask you to do the task with each implant separately and with both implants together.  The goal is to determine how well our test can pick up the differences in the different listening conditions.

You would need to attend the UCL Ear Institute (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear/about-the-ear-institute) on two occasions that would last approximately 2 hours each.  Your travel expenses will be reimbursed and you will be paid £10 per hour as a token of our gratitude.The study has approval from the UCL Ethics Board (3866/001).

If you would like more information, have any questions or would like to sign up to the study then please contact any of the individual’s below:

Ms Mana Ahnood (MSc Advanced Audiology Student)        mana.ahnood.16@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Jenny Bizley (Primary Supervisor)                                   j.bizley@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Debi Vickers (Secondary Supervisor)                               d.vickers@ucl.ac.uk