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Participants can earn money in NIU audiology study

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University's Human Auditory Physiology Lab needs individuals to participate in an audiology study and is willing to pay.

The project will examine how changes in cognition after a concussion affect a person's ability to function in complex auditory environments such as a noisy classroom, according to an NIU news release. Individuals who meet all eligibility criteria and complete all parts of the study will be compensated up to $60 for their time.

Matt Wilson, associate professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, said the lab is looking for native English speakers between the ages of 14 and 40 with normal hearing and who may or may not have a history of diagnosed concussion. Individuals who wish to participate cannot have any of the following:
• Drug or alcohol dependency
• Clinically diagnosed ADD/ADHD or learning disabilities, unless caused by injury
• Clinically diagnosed depression or anxiety, unless caused by injury
• Significant brain injury that required overnight hospitalization

Participation includes a brief case history, hearing evaluation, neurocognitive testing and measuring brain activity under a variety of conditions using tiny electrodes placed on the scalp. The study consists of a single session, which will last up to three hours.

All testing takes place at the NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, 3100 Sycamore
Road. Contact Matt Wilson at mwilson@niu.edu for information.

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