ISU researchers seek children and adults for hearing study

Idaho State University researchers in Meridian and Pocatello are continuing their efforts aimed at recruiting infants, children and adults to participate in a study to develop new ways to assess middle-ear function in people of all ages.

Researchers are seeking additional participants in the following age groups: 6 months to 5 years, 10 to 15 years, 20 to 30 years, 45 to 55 years and 65 to 75 years. Participants should be in good health without a history of middle-ear surgery or chronic middle-ear disease and will receive $10 cash.

Participation will require approximately an hour-long visit to hearing labs on the Meridian or Pocatello campus for a hearing evaluation. After-school appointments are available.

Researchers Chris Sanford, Gabriel Bargen and Jeff Brockett are exploring how age-related changes in the middle ear can influence middle-ear function. They note that some middle-ear disorders left untreated can lead to hearingloss.

The study is funded by a three-year, $426,000 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, email isuaudlab@isu.edu or call 208-373-1722 in Meridian and 208-282-3072 in Pocatello. Please indicate your location in your email or phone message.