Hearing Study – Objective measures of binaural processing in children

Child with headphones

Take part in a research project and get paid!

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child aged between 3 months and 3 years, your child is invited to participate in a two-hour research study on brain and hearing maturation.

We are looking for children with normal hearing for our research conducted by the Department of Linguistics of Macquarie University. This study aims at understanding how the brain develops to process acoustic signals from both ears. The study will require one 2 hr session or two 60-minute sessions, which can be arranged on dates/times convenient for you.

The experiment has three parts:

First, we are going to ask you to complete a brief on-line survey about the hearing and language development of your child.

Second, we will screen your child’s hearing using a standard clinical test battery.

Third, we will play sounds while your child is sleeping or watches a cartoon film.  Your child’s brain responses will be recorded using sensors on the head while listening a series of sounds.

All procedures are entirely painless and non-invasive, and are often used with children and adults in various research and medical tests. Your child should be able to sit or lay down quietly for up to 1 hour during each session, we will also provide breaks.

Children’s caregivers will receive $20 per hour for their time.

If you would like to participate in the study, or would like further information, please contact Mr. Juan Faundez on 9850 1474 or juan.faundez@hdr.mq.edu.au