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ISU researchers seek children for hearing study

August, 31, 2015

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

Researchers are seeking participants from ages 6 months to 15 years. Participants should be in good health without a history of middle-ear surgery or chronic middle-ear disease and will receive $10. Participation will require an hour-long visit to hearing labs on the Meridian or Pocatello campus for a hearing test and evaluation. After-school appointments are available.

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.
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 hearing loss.

For questions or to schedule an appointment, email or call 208-373-1722 in Meridian and 208-282-3072  in Pocatello.