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Aging and Hearing Wellness

Aging and Hearing Wellness

The Applied Hearing Science Lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington is conducting a research project on hearing wellness among older adults. The goal of the project is to understand the factors underlying individual differences in speech understanding in challenging acoustic environments and to develop technological solutions to facilitate speech communication under such conditions.

Participating in our research involves comprehensive hearing and cognitive assessments, tasks in which participants repeat presented words with or without wearing a wearable device (e.g., hearing aid), and tasks in which participants make judgements on the perceived quality of presented speech sounds. Participation may require multiple (2-3) visits to the lab, with about 2 hours for each visit.

Although there are no direct benefits, the results of the study may ultimately aid those who have hearing loss and difficulty understanding speech in noise. All participants will receive compensation of $15/hr plus complimentary on-site parking. Our lab is conveniently located on the UW Seattle campus, a 2-minute walk from the U-district link station.

If interested, email:


Principal Investigator: Yi Shen, PhD

Participant Eligibility

– Native speakers of American English
– Ages 55 and older
– Normal vision (uncorrected or corrected)


Yi Shen
(206) 543-8053

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Older Adults Needed for Research on Hearing Wellness

Study ID: STUDY00010995
Start Date: 08/25/2021
End Date: 07/31/2025

Yi Shen
Susan Anderson

Accepts Healthy Volunteers?

Study Site(s)

UW Speech and Hearing Clinic

4131 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 Shen Lab
Seattle, Washington 98105


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

I am interested in this research study.