About this study

The goal of this study is to find out if training exercises improve hearing for people who use cochlear implants. If you are using at least one cochlear implant and would like to improve your hearing, this study may be right for you. If you qualify for the study, you will take part in an experimental online training program that will take about 2.5 - 3 months. You will use your home computer to complete audio tests and training exercises. In the end of the program, the results of your tests will tell us if your hearing has improved following the training. Your results will also contribute to the development of online auditory training exercises for other people with cochlear implants.

Why are we doing it?

Since cochlear implants were first introduced decades ago, the number of people using them has been steadily growing. Although over the years cochlear implants have helped many people to improve their hearing abilities, many still struggle with their implants in some situations and most would like to hear even better. Our goal is to develop online listening exercises that can be done at home or another convenient place. This study will provide important information for developing inexpensive, easily accessible and effective ways for people with cochlear implants to hear even more and better!

About us

Principal Investigator: Valeriy Shafiro
Study sponsor: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation

The following people have also generously contributed their efforts and expertise to this study:
Aaron Moberly, Kara Vasil, Yan Li, Stan Sheft, Brian Gygi, David Pisoni, Megan Hebb, Yin (Ivy) Hsiao, Kelly Brown, Chad Walker, Jasper Oh, Teresa Thayyil, Elizabeth Butler, Mark Partain, Madeleine Thomas, Samamtha Hudson, Whitney Grant, Stephanie Paulos, Cody Elston, Karson Glass, Zoe Vann, Jill Preminger, Eric Colon, Nathan Polak, Jessie Rinaldi, Stephanie Burak, Amy Cheung and Keri Kwarta.