Hearing Assessment for Children with Developmental Disabilities

Principal Investigator: Angela Yarnell Bonino, Ph.D., CCC-A
Co-investigators: Deborah Mood, Ph.D. and Eric Vance, Ph.D. 
CU Boulder IRB #: 16-0639

Focus of Study: 
For children with developmental disabilities, audiologists often report that they have difficulty measuring behavioral hearing thresholds. The current lack of behavioral procedures that are effective for evaluating hearing in children with developmental disabilities is a significant public health problem, resulting in delayed diagnosis and difficulty fitting amplification in this population. The purpose of this project is to determine the feasibility and reliability of measuring behavioral hearing thresholds in children with developmental differences with an innovative, observer-based procedure.

Who is Eligible?

  1. 2 to 5 years of age 
  2. A diagnosed developmental difference of one of the following: (a) delay in at least one area of development (language, cognition, motor, or social/emotional); (b) autism spectrum disorder; or (c) Down syndrome.
  3. No known permanent hearing loss.
  4. Negative history for placement of pressure equalization (PE) tubes or other ear surgery.
  5. Additional screening criteria regarding child’s development.

Funding Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
Study Dates: 2019-2023

Email: childhear@colorado.edu
Phone: 303-735-6252