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

University College London

The Cochlear Implant Assessment Process for Adults
I’m a student at University College London and I’m  conducting research into patient experiences of the cochlear implant assessment process.
The aim of the research is to gather the opinions of adults who have been through the process of applying for a cochlear implant (including those who were not successfully approved at the time), and discover how they felt about this experience and current guidelines in place.
If you have been assessed to receive a cochlear implant as an adult, and would like to contribute to this research, please go to https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=50930 for the survey.
So have your say ! If you would like some more information please do not hesitate to contact me at charlotte.scaramanga.16@ucl.ac.uk.

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)  dvickers@ucl.ac.uk

Using Objective Measures to Evaluate Perception in Adults with Cochlear Implants

We are looking for people aged 50 years or older, who have a ‘Cochlear’ brand cochlear implant.

Our research involves a passive, non-invasive imaging method called functional near infra-red spectroscopy (fNIRS), which uses light to measure your brain activity. During the study, you will need to perform different types of listening and visual tasks, and the machine will record your brain responses. After these measures you will also be asked to listen to some words and sentences and say what you hear. You will also be asked to recall some sequences of words and to make some judgements about different types of visual stimuli.

You would need to attend one of the UCL sites (Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. Address. 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF) for two sessions (approximately 2 hours in duration). Your travel costs will be covered and you will receive a contribution per hour for your help.

The study has approval from the UCL Ethics Board 10519/001.

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

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

Amanda Fullerton (PhD candidate) —     amanda.fullerton@ucl.ac.uk

Across Channel Modulation Perception in Cochlear Implant Users: A Follow on Study
We are looking for adults, who have an ‘Advanced Bionics’ brand cochlear implant.
Our research involves some listening tasks to help us understand how easy it is for cochlear implant users to detect changes in sounds and how this relates to speech perception abilities.
If you are able to help us we would like you to attend for testing in a UCL booth based at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. There are two test sessions, lasting approximately 2 hours each including breaks. We would also like to complete the testing as close to the end of July as possible.
Your travel costs will be covered and you will receive a contribution per hour for your help.
The study has approval from the UCL Ethics Board 15109/001.
If you would like more information, have any questions or would like to sign up to the study then please contact Dr Debi Vickers (d.vickers@ucl.ac.uk)

Manchester Metropolitan University
Yvette Turner, a speech therapy student,  would like to interview cochlear implant recipients about “The impact of profound hearing loss acquired in adulthood on communication”.
The interviews will last about 30 minutes and can take place face-to-face if you are within easy travelling distance of Manchester.Other wise if you are a user of Skype, the interview can take place using video over the internet.
You can find out more by emailing Yvette Isabella Catherine Turner<yvette.i.turner@stu.mmu.ac.uk>