Oticon study

Funded by: Oticon Foundation $310,000

Role: Co-investigator, MRI lead

Data collection is ongoing at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. This study investigates behavioural and cortical plasticity from wearing hearing aids with noise reduction algorithms in children aged 6-12 years old.

Phase 1: Complete. Assessing behavioural (speech understanding, cognition and academic performance) and cortical change from two months of OpenSound Navigator hearing aid use.

  1. Pinkl, J., Cash, E., Hunter, L. L., Ferguson, S., Evans, T., Nejmen, T., Hamilton, J., Moore, D. R. & Stewart, H. J. (2020). Short-term pediatric acclimatization to adaptive hearing aid technology. American Journal of Audiology, 1-17.

Phase 2: Analysis ongoing. A registered double-blind clinical trial (view here at clinicaltrials.gov) comparing behavioural and cortical adaptation after six to eight months of OpenSound Navigator or Omni-directional hearing aid use.

  1. Stewart, H. J., Cash, E., Pinkl, J. T., Ferguson, S., Martinez, J., Vannest, J. & Moore, D. R. (In prep.). The listening brain: Children with mild to moderate hearing loss.​

  2. Stewart, H. J., Cash, E. K., Pinkl, J. T., Hunter, L. L., Moore, D. R. (In prep.) Adaptive hearing aid benefit in children with mild/moderate hearing loss: A registered, double-blind, randomized clinical trial