Clinical Trials / Research Studies
Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Language Intervention Study for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Children 3 to 10 Years Old

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to learn if receiving a special language intervention that uses iPads will improve spoken language in children who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Who can participate?

Children 3 years to 10 years old who have permanent hearing loss in one or both ears may be eligible to participate. Children with and without a disability may participate. Examples of disabilities may include cognitive delays, developmental delays and speech delays. However, children with a complex medical condition affecting language development such as autism spectrum disorder will not be eligible.


  • Audiology / Hearing Loss
  • Disabilities: Developmental
  • Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)
  • Language/Speech

What will happen in the study?

The study includes a study visit with a language and cognitive evaluations. Children will be randomized to receive either an intervention that uses an iPad or their usual therapy. The study includes up to 2 more visits with a language evaluation.

Parents interested in having their child participate 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 good things that can happen from this research?

There may be no direct medical benefit from participation in this research study. However, there is a potential benefit for families of children with hearing loss. Also, the results from your child’s evaluation may be helpful in understanding your child’s abilities.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

Some children may become bored or frustrated while undergoing the evaluations. Other possible risks or discomforts will be discussed with parents or guardians interested in learning more about the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Families may receive up to $75 for their time and effort for the evaluation. Families will also receive an iPad at the end of the entire study. Reimbursement will be provided for travel.


Contact Us.Study Coordinator

Study Doctor

Contact Us.Jareen Meinzen-Derr, PhD
Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center