ISU Meridian seeks participants for hearing study

Idaho State University researchers in Meridian are recruiting infants, children and adults to participate in a hearing study.

ISU researchers also are looking for volunteers in Pocatello.

Researchers are looking for participants in good health, without a history of middle-ear surgery or chronic middle-ear disease, in the following age groups:

•  6 months to 5 years old.

•  10 to 15 years old.

•  20 to 30 years old.

•  45 to 55 years old.

•  65 to 75 years old.

Eligible people will receive $10 for participating.

The ISU Meridian study involves an hourlong hearing test and evaluation at a hearing lab on the Meridian campus. Some participants may be asked to return for follow-up testing.

The study is funded by a three-year, $426,000 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

Researchers Chris Sanford, Gabriel Bargen and Jeff Brockett are exploring how age-related changes in the middle ear can affect the latest tests of middle-ear function.

“Because the middle ear plays a vital role in how we hear by moving sound into the inner ear, it is important to know how this transfer of sound is changed as we age or as a result of illness or injury,” said Sanford, an associate professor in the school’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

For questions or to schedule an appointment in Meridian, email or call 373-1722.