Children With Hearing Loss Research Study

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to look at how young children’s language and functional skills might be affected by their hearing loss.

Who can participate?

Infants and toddlers 3 months to 3 years old who have hearing loss in both ears may be eligible to participate.

Children with and without a developmental disability may participate. Examples of disabilities may include cognitive delays, cerebral palsy, developmental delays and speech delays.


  • Audiology - Hearing Loss
  • Disabilities - Developmental

What will happen in the study?

The study includes 3 study visits with a language evaluation and cognitive evaluation. The entire visit may take approximately 2 hours.

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, whom 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 is no direct medical benefit from participation in this research study. However, there is a potential benefit for families of children with hearing loss and additional disabilities. 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 $150 for their time and effort.


Contact Us.Laura Smith

Study Doctor

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