Does Your Child Have a Cochlear Implant? Infants, Children and Teens Needed for a Brainwave (EEG) Research Study

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of this research study is to improve EEG techniques for those who have a cochlear implant and examine how the brain responds to sensory stimuli such as sounds or pictures.

An EEG is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of the brain (or “brainwaves”).

Who can participate?

Infants, children and teens up to 18 years old who have cochlear implants and are not currently taking medication for a neurologic condition may be eligible to participate.

What is involved?

Your child will be in the research study for about 2 hours and have 1 study visit.

During your child’s study visit, he or she will take part in an EEG test. Tiny disk electrodes will be placed on top of your child’s scalp and will record brainwave activity in response to sounds or images they see or hear while watching a computer screen.

Depending on the task, your child may be required to actively respond by pressing a button or verbal responding to sounds or images. Other tasks will not require any active participation. In those cases, your child may sleep, read, play games on a handheld device or watch a closed-captioned movie of their choice.

What are the benefits?

Your child will not receive a direct medical benefit. However, the information gained from this study may help our understanding of language development and language and attention disorders in people with a cochlear implant in the future.

Will I get all the facts about the study?

As the parent or guardian of the child participating, you will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. The form covers all of the procedures, the risks, the benefits, the pay, who to contact with questions or concerns and more. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the risks and discomforts of the study?

There are no known risks to EEG testing, however some people find that wearing an EEG cap for extended periods of time may be uncomfortable. Should that be the case, the EEG cap will be re-positioned, or exchanged for a more comfortable one. There may be unknown or unforeseen risks associated with study participation.

A detailed list of possible risks or discomforts will be provided to you if you are interested in knowing more about this study.

Do participants receive pay, compensation or reimbursement?

Participants will receive $50 for their time and travel.


The Hearing Lab
Communication Sciences Research Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD
The Hearing Lab
Communication Sciences Research Center