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SPAL Research Participation

Open participant recruitment for projects:

The Effect of Face Masks on Speech Perception Performance

The purpose of this study is to determine the effect that different face masks have on listening effort and speech perception performance. The session will last one hour or less. We are looking for participants who are between 18 and 80 years of age with no pre-existing or current middle ear abnormalities, diseases, or conditions. Normal hearing individuals and those with hearing loss can participate in this study.

Contact: Monique Pousson mpousson@memphis.edu

Validation of Spanish Speech Recognition Tests

In this series of studies, we have developed a Spanish Speech Recognition Threshold test and Spanish word recognition test to be used with native Spanish speaking children. These tests are available commercially from Auditec Inc. and can be used to assess speech perception abilities of Spanish-speaking children in the United States.

Eligible participants must be native Spanish-speakers between 3 and 17 years of age. Children with normal hearing and children with hearing loss are eligible.

Contact: Monique Pousson mpousson@memphis.edu

The SPAT: Speech Perception Assessment Transducers

In this study we are examining the influence of different transducers and listening conditions on speech perception. The findings will provide a stronger rationale for implementation of specific parameters when assessing speech perception in clinical and research settings.

Eligible participants must be physically and mentally healthy native English speakers (18 - 45 years) with normal hearing sensitivity and no pre-existing or current ear abnormalities, diseases, or conditions.

Contact: Monique Pousson mpousson@memphis.edu

Validation of a Clinical Electrode Discrimination Task for Postlingually Deafened Adult Cochlear Implant Users

The goal of this study is to determine test-retest reliability for an electrode discrimination task to design a clinically applicable test for electrode deactivation.

Eligible participants must be over the age of 18 and a native English-speaker. Participants must have at least one cochlear implant with at least 6 months of experience with the cochlear implant.

Contact: Kara Sander kara.sander@memphis.edu

Can video conferencing be a viable method to measure speech perception?

This study aims to develop a speech perception protocol to measure speech understanding using virtual meeting applications (zoom). There will be two sessions and each session will last no more than 45 minutes. Eligible participants must be native English speakers between 18 – 40 years of age. Participants must have normal hearing and cognition.   

Contact: Bhanu Shukla bshukla@memphis.edu

Compensation is available for all projects to eligible participants who complete the study requirements.

For further questions please contact:

Monique A. Pousson, MS, Research Associate II
School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Memphis
4055 North Park Loop
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901.848.7880
E-mail: mpousson@memphis.edu