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Project Updates

Find out the latest news and what we're doing now!

 
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We are now remotely interviewing families and professionals about their experiences!

April, 2021

As part of phase 1 of the project (which aims to better understand the challenges or ‘barriers’ to regular hearing aid use that families face), we are talking to parents about their experiences, as well as to audiologists and teachers of the deaf. This will help us get a deeper understanding of the barriers to consistent hearing aid use with babies, how these barriers might influence one another and change over time, and the situations or circumstances they tend to happen in.

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Phase 1's systematic review is well underway!

March 15, 2021

We are in the process of carrying out a systematic review, which is a way of bringing together all existing evidence to answer a research question. We would like to know about all the barriers to consistent hearing aid use (and any factors that help) reported by parents and professionals working with families. This will help us to develop a survey for families so we can ‘quantify’ the barriers families face (e.g., which are most common, how they change as children grow older, whether there are groups more at risk).

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NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre Blog Post about CHerUB for World Hearing Day

March 3, 2021

On World Hearing Day, CHerUB researcher Dr Ciara Kelly shares how she's excited to be working for better outcomes in speech and language for babies with hearing loss.

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Research behind the CHerUB

project published in the journal Ear and Hearing

December 23, 2020

The research that lead to the CHerUB project has now been published! Two of CHerUB's team members, research audiologist Dr Anisa Visram and principal investigator Professor Kevin Munro, investigated hearing aid use in babies aged 3-21 months. They found that babies are not wearing their hearing aids as often as they need to for optimal benefits, and that achieving consistent hearing aid use can be a challenge for families.

As a result of this research, we were awarded funding from the National Deaf Children’s Society to start the CHerUB project!