Hidden hearing loss
What will I need to do if I take part?
- We will ask you to attend two appointments at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre on University Park Campus of the University of Nottingham
- We will pay you an inconvenience allowance and also reimburse your travel expenses up to £15 per visit
- The first visit will last around 2 hours and we will give your hearing a full health check! We will test your hearing ability, check your ears and ask you some questions about your noise exposure.
- The second visit will last around 1 and a half hours, which will include an MRI scan of around an hour.
Why are we doing this research?
- Excessive noise exposure is the main cause of preventable hearing impairment worldwide
- This accounts for more than one third of all cases of hearing loss in industrialised nations
- There are areas of the brain that process sounds. After noise exposure, these brain areas may work differently
- This may be the cause of hearing problems that are not easy to identify using regular clinical tests
- We want to understand why some people report that they have difficulty hearing when they have no detectable hearing loss
- This might also be related to why some people experience ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or over-sensitivity to some sounds (hyperacusis)
Who do we want to take part?
- We want people aged 25 to 40 years old who have no known hearing loss
- If you have tinnitus or hyperacusis, this won’t prevent you from taking part
- We especially need people who have had a lot of exposure to loud noises. This could be by attending, playing or working at sports and race track events, music concerts and festivals, personal music/MP3 player use, going to nightclubs or noisy bars, working with machinery, motorised vehicles - anything loud!
- If you have any questions about the above or are unsure if you are eligible, please get in touch – there’s no obligation!
How will I benefit if I take part?
- You will get a picture of your brain!
- You will have that warm fuzzy feeling of taking part in something interesting and possibly helping hearing science.
- We will pay you an inconvenience allowance of £10 per hour.
Contact us for more information or to take part
Please get in touch with Rebecca Dewey (firstname.lastname@example.org).