Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Mood and Listening Study

Last Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013

Principal Investigator: Benjamin Hornsby, Ph.D.


Understanding speech in a background noise can be harder for people with hearing loss than for people without hearing loss and may lead to mental fatigue. This study looks at how hearing ability and different listening conditions affect attention, effort, and mood after responding to speech in background noise.

What will I do?

Each session will include 3 different kinds of activities:

  1. Fill out a couple of questionnaires to evaluate your mood both at the beginning and end.
  2. A visual reaction time test where you will press a button as fast as you can
  3. A speech test, where you will listen to sentences and answer questions about them.

The first session will also include a hearing screening and some practice. The total time for this first part should take no more than 1-2 hours. If there is time, we may continue to complete experimental testing as described above.

Test sessions at the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Lab at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center should last between 1-2 hours. Depending on the experimental question, participants may be asked to complete 2-3 subsequent sessions each lasting 2-3 hours, so participants could spend between 5-9 hours total for study participation.

You will receive payment of $12/hr. at the completion of all of the sessions of this study. Should you decide to withdraw for any reason, you will be paid for the time you participated in the experiment. Subjects performing in the top 10% at any condition will be entered in a drawing for $150.

Participant Criteria

Adults 18-30 without hearing loss


$12/hr. at the completion of all of the sessions of this study

Visit Requirements

3 times for 1-2 hours each time.

Contact Information

Zoe Doss, Amanda Headley, and Julie Fix

Want to Participate in this Study?

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