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The University of Guelph and Connect Hearing Seek Participants for New Hearing Study

The University of Guelph and Connect Hearing Seek Participants for New Hearing Study

Connect Hearing, in conjunction with Professor Mark Fenske at the University of Guelph, are seeking participants who are over 50 years of age, have never worn hearing aids and have not had a hearing test in the last 24 months, for a hearing study that investigates factors that can influence better hearing.

All participants will have a hearing test provided at no charge.

Qualifying participants may also receive a demonstration of the latest hearing technology.

The data collected from this study will be used to identify the key factors impacting hearing
difficulties, to better understand their influence on the treatment process and improve life changing hearing healthcare across Canada.
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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.
  • The researchers will particularly examine listening in a range of situations, from one-on-one, to group conversations, watching TV and wider social contexts like supermarkets and other noisy environments, and how it effects connection and socialization.
  • Of particular interest to Professor Fenske and his researchers is identifying how we listen. such as in a current theory that divides people into two “listening groups”.

Participant Criteria

  • 50 years of age or older
  • Have not owned hearing aids before
  • Can read English well enough to read and understand forms

To Learn More or Sign Up Call: 1.888.242.4892
  • People in the first group need to put more effort into their listening, while members in the second group “lock on” and aren’t easily distracted. Paradoxically, it’s the people in the first group who will look for a solution
    to their hearing loss sooner than the second group, even though the level of hearing loss could be very similar.
  • It is estimated that 46% of people aged 45 to 87 have some degree of hearing loss, but most people will wait 7 - 10 years before seeking help.
  • 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.
If you are over 50 years of age and have never worn hearing aids, you can register to be a part of this major new hearing study† by calling: 1.888.242.4892.

This project has been reviewed by the University of Guelph Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants (REB#18-11-033)

*Wingfield, A., Tun, P. A., & McCoy, S. L. (2005). Hearing Loss in Older Adulthood: What It Is and How It Interacts With Cognitive Performance. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14(3), 144–148.

† Study participants must be over 50 years of age and have never worn hearing aids. No fees and no purchase necessary. VAC, WCB accepted.

1. Cruickshanks, K. L., Wiley, T. L., Tweed, T. S., Klein, B. E. K., Klein, R, Mares-Perlman, J. A., & Nondahl, D. M. (1998). Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Older Adults in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin: The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study. Am. J. Epidemiol. 148 (9), 879-886. 2. National Institutes of Health. (2010).