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What is the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement and what do we do?

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Hearing Enhancement is a national project funded by the United States Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS).

The RERC on Hearing Enhancement is dedicated to conducting research that promotes technological solutions to problems confronting people with hearing loss.

We are currently recruiting for several studies at Gallaudet, please read the opportunities below. For more information or to volunteer  please email:

Participants needed

Research Opportunities

Seeking adult CI users who are fluent in spoken English and who use a Cochlear Corporation (Nucleus) device to participate in a study of speech understanding and listener experience with MAP adjustments (i.e. frequency distribution changes based on user input).

Your participation may involve multiple visits over a 4-6 week time span. You will complete speech understanding tasks and compare sound quality, intelligibility, and preference for various MAP adjustments. Map adjustments will be made on a device that we provide you (and never on your own personal device). You may also be asked to complete a trial period with your chosen frequency adjusted MAP.  Finally, you will complete questionnaires about your experience. Participants will be compensated $12/hour.
This study has been approved by Gallaudet's IRB. If you are interested in participating please contact Jodi Baxter, AuD CCC-A:


Looking for cochlear implant users in DC/MD/VA for a study investigating at the effectiveness of post-implant training for adults with cochlear implants. We would like to determine whether a special training program can help CI users improve their speech understanding and communication in daily life. Training is available in DC, Bethesda, Baltimore, and Fairfax! Please contact Claire Bernstein, Ph.D. at 202-448-7204 or if you want to learn more.


Do you wear a cochlear implant and a hearing aid?  We are currently recruiting people like you in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas for a study on sound source localization. If you'd like to participate or learn more about the study, please contact: Ashley Zaleski at

Compensation: $15/hr.
Time: 1.5- 2 hours.
This study has been approved by Gallaudet University IRB. Participants' identities and results are kept confidential.


Are you an adult aged 18-30 years old?
Do you have a documented learning disability?
Do you have hearing within normal limits?
Are you interested in participating in a study to learn how your ears work together to listen and process sounds in your environment?
If you answered yes to all of the questions above, please consider participating in the study "The relationship between the middle latency response binaural interaction component and tests of binaural integration".
Total participation requires 2.5 hours of time to be completed at your convenience at Gallaudet University’s Sorenson Language & Communication Center. Participants are paid $14/hr.
Please email Stephanie Karch, Au.D at for further information!
This study has been approved by the Gallaudet University IRB.


This study is an RERC project based out of George Washington University: Do you know a child who uses a cochlear implant in the MD/VA/DC area? Be a part of our study! We are looking for children up to 7 years of age with a cochlear implant OR who have normal hearing. If you would like to participate or to find out more information please contact Ms. Laura Garabedian at or 202-994-5085.

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