Participate in our research – Bionics Institute

Participate in our research

Due to COVID19 we have postponed our call out to research participants.

If you would like to register your interest to participate when studies resume please contact us

Seeking individuals with a cochlear implant and tinnitus

Are you an adult with a cochlear implant and tinnitus?

Tinnitus, also known as ‘ringing in the ears’, involves the perception of sounds when there is no related acoustic source. We are currently seeking cochlear implant recipients over 18 with tinnitus to be involved in a study that is developing a way to objectively ‘measure’ tinnitus using a friendly new brain imaging technique that uses light. Once we know how to measure tinnitus objectively, we can move forward into seeing which treatments actually work.

To see if you are appropriate for the study or to find out more, please contact Mehrnaz Shoustarian  or call (03) 9667 7523

Seeking individuals with tinnitus

We are currently seeking individuals over 18 with chronic tinnitus, preferably moderate to severe. Tinnitus, also known as ‘ringing in the ears’, involves the perception of sounds when there is no related acoustic source.

We are also seeking individuals without tinnitus as control participants with no known hearing impairment. If you wish to contribute to this research please contact us to see if you qualify.

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Call for research participants for Babilab

Are you the parent or guardian of a child under 12 months? Would you like a free family pass to either Zoos Victoria or Museum Victoria?

We are seeking children in this age group who have passed their newborn screening test to participate in a research project that aims to improve the early language development in children born with hearing loss.

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Research participants with standard hearing

We’re currently seeking people over 18 years of age, are native English speakers, and who have standard hearing.

Do you often struggle to understand someone when there is noise around or over a distorted phone line? We call this “listening effort”, and it leads to tiredness and reduced quality of life. This is especially a problem for those with hearing loss. If we could measure listening effort then we would be able to find out which hearing aid designs and programmes reduce listening effort the most, and therefore maximise the benefits obtained from the hearing aids. In this project, we will develop a new way of measuring listening effort using near infra-red light.

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Concerns by research participants

Research participants who have a concern or a complaint about the conduct of a human research project can contact the Institute’s Research Governance Officer by email or phone (03) 9667 7581. Complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence please provide the name of the project title, project number, or principal investigator. The Research Governance Officer can also provide details of the complaints handling process.

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