Study for Adults with Sensory-Neural Hearing Loss

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study, sometimes known as a clinical trial or clinical study, to improve the detection of hearing loss using a smartphone-based hearing screening test. Participants will perform hearing tests.

Who can participate?

Adults 18 to 65 years old who have a diagnosis of sensory-neural hearing loss or are suspected to have a hearing loss may be eligible to participate.


  • Audiology - Hearing Loss
  • Adult Studies

What will happen in the study?

You will come to Cincinnati Children’s on an as needed basis for visits lasting 1 to 2 hours. Here are some of the things that will happen in the study visits:

  • Study staff will review your medical records for information relevant to the study
  • You will complete a routine hearing test and possibly ear function tests
  • You will complete a hearing test called the digits-in-noise (DIN) test where you will hear numbers against background noise and be asked to recall the numbers
  • You will be asked to complete questionnaires on paper or online

You will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. 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?

By participating in the study, you will receive the benefit of a free hearing test and a clinical referral if unexpected abnormal results are found. Moreover, the results of this study will benefit you and others with hearing loss as you will help us to develop new methods for accessing and managing hearing loss, particularly in developing countries.

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

We will discuss possible risks and discomforts with you.

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

Participants will receive up to $50 for one study visit.


Communications Sciences Research Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

Contact Us.David R. Moore, PhD
Communication Sciences Research Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center