Business

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 isuaudlab@isu.edu or call 373-1722.

  Comments