CI, Hearing Aid Users Sought for Study at NVRC Nov. 13

November 6, 2013 in Community News, Research


Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Users Needed

to Participate in a Study of Video Telephone Services for Lipreading at NVRC


Direct video telephone calls permit you to see your calling partner while you are talking with them on the phone.

A study is being conducted by Gallaudet University to investigate the level of quality that will lead to effective use of video telephone services for lipreading by people with hearing loss.

Testing will take place on Wednesday, November 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA  22030

Each test session lasts for one hour.  You will be paid $20 for your participation.

** You are welcome to participate in this study even if you participated in our last study. **

Individuals who are interested in participating:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a daily cochlear implant or hearing aid user
  • Must use the telephone (rather than TTY or Relay) regularly for most of their calls, and
  • Must have normal or near normal (20/30 corrected) vision and no eye disease.

The study takes approximately 60 minutes.  During that time, you will complete a vision screening and a brief questionnaire.  Then, while using your hearing device, you will listen to and watch a speaker saying sentences and repeat what you thought the speaker said. You will be video recorded during some of the test sets. Finally, you will provide ratings of mental effort and opinions based on your viewing experience.  You will receive $20 for your participation.

Contact Paula Tucker at if you would like to participate.

This study has been approved by the Gallaudet University Institutional Review Board.

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