Univer­sity hear­ing study seeks par­tic­i­pants.

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Con­nect Hear­ing, with hear­ing re­searcher Pro­fes­sor Kathy Pi­chora-Fuller at the Univer­sity of Toronto, seeks par­tic­i­pants who are over 50 years of age and have never worn hear­ing aids for a hear­ing study in­ves­ti­gat­ing fac­tors that can in­flu­ence bet­ter hear­ing. All par­tic­i­pants will have a hear­ing test pro­vided at no charge and if ap­pro­pri­ate, the clin­i­cian may dis­cuss hear­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion op­tions in­clud­ing hear­ing aids. Qual­i­fy­ing par­tic­i­pants may also re­ceive a demo of the lat­est hear­ing tech­nol­ogy. The data col­lected from this study will be used to fur­ther our un­der­stand­ing of hear­ing loss and im­prove life-chang­ing hear­ing healthcare across Canada.

Why par­tic­i­pate in the hear­ing study?

Hear­ing prob­lems typ­i­cally re­sult from dam­age to the ear and re­searchers have spent decades try­ing to un­der­stand the bi­ol­ogy be­hind hear­ing loss. More im­por­tantly, re­searchers now re­al­ize the need to bet­ter un­der­stand how hear­ing loss af­fects your ev­ery­day life*. In this new hear­ing study, Pro­fes­sor Pi­chora-Fuller and her team are try­ing to find out how peo­ple learn to live with hear­ing loss and how new so­lu­tions could help these peo­ple take ac­tion sooner and live life more fully. It is es­ti­mated that 46% of peo­ple aged 45 to 87 have some de­gree of hear­ing loss1, but most do not seek treat­ment right away. In fact, the av­er­age per­son with hear­ing loss will wait ten years be­fore seek­ing help2. This is be­cause at the be­gin­ning stages of hear­ing loss peo­ple of­ten find they can “get by” with­out help, how­ever as the prob­lem wors­ens this be­comes in­creas­ingly harder to do. For some peo­ple this loss of clar­ity is only a prob­lem at noisy restau­rants or in the car, but for oth­ers it makes lis­ten­ing a strug­gle through­out the en­tire day. By study­ing peo­ple who have dif­fi­culty hear­ing in noise or with tele­vi­sion, we hope to iden­tify key fac­tors im­pact­ing these dif­fi­cul­ties and fur­ther un­der­stand their in­flu­ence on the treat­ment process.

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