Does Your Child Have Difficulty Listening in Quiet or in Noise? 6 to 12 Year Olds Needed for a Research Study

Why are we doing this research?

The purpose of this research study is to learn more about listening difficulties in children using MRI, EEG, audiological and behavioral tests.

We will compare ear and brain structure and function of children with listening difficulties to that of typically developing children.

Who can participate?

Children, 6 to 12 years old, who:

  • Native English speakers
  • Have a history of listening difficulties
  • Have a positive or negative diagnosis of auditory processing disorder (APD)
  • Do not have claustrophobia
  • Do not have braces or other metal devices in their mouth or any other metallic implants that would interfere with the MRI


  • Audiology - Hearing Loss

What will happen in the study?

Your child will be in the research study for about 8 to 10 hours. We will schedule as many tests as possible on the same day, but additional visits might be needed.

The research staff will explain what will happen during your child’s visit. If you agree to allow your child to participate and your child qualifies for this study, you will be asked to fill out questionnaires and your child will complete the following tests and procedures:

  • Hearing sensitivity testing
  • Hearing and reasoning tasks
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans – during the scan, your child will watch a movie, perform a listening task, and stare at a cross on a screen
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) while sleeping and listening to complex sounds

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

Your child may not receive a direct medical benefit from participating in this study.  However, the information gained from this study may help other patients with listening difficulties 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 bad things that can happen from this research?

There are very minimal risks associated with participating in this study; however, a detailed list of possible risks or discomforts will be provided to you if you are interested in learning more.

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

Participants will receive up to $100 total for their time and travel during this study.


Contact Us.513-803-4937
Communication Sciences Research Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH  45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.David Moore, PhD
Principal Investigator
Communication Sciences Research Center

Lisa Hunter, PhD
Communication Sciences Research Center

Andrew Dimitrijevic, PhD
Communication Sciences Research Center

Scott Holland, PhD
Research in Patient Services