Hearing Problems in People with Spinocerebellar Ataxia
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Hearing Problems in People with

Spinocerebellar Ataxia


Research subjects needed for a study of
“Hearing Problems in People with Spinocerebellar Ataxia”

Associate Professor Gary Rance

Outline:  This clinical research project will investigate hearing problems in individuals with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA).  Previous studies have suggested that SCA can affect auditory neural function (i.e. the way electrical signals pass from the ear to the brain).  This study will look at neural responses, but more importantly, will focus on day-to-day hearing consequences of SCA.  For example, we will measure speech understanding (in both quiet and noisy listening conditions) with a view to developing intervention strategies for those with hearing difficulties.  For more details, see attached slide presentation.

The testing will take around 1-1.5 hours per subject, is not painful or uncomfortable and can be carried out in the clinic or at the subject’s home.  Patients with all forms of spinocerebellar ataxia are welcome to participate, but we are particularly keen to assess people with SCA types 1, 2 & 6.  To date (November 9, 2009) we have 12 volunteers for the study.  As this is a new research area is would preferable to get this number up to      »30 subjects.

Personnel:  The testing will be carried out by two Master of Clinical Audiology Students under the supervision of A/Prof Gary Rance.

Schedule:  Data collection will take place between March & August 2010                                                        (one session per subject)

Contact:  Please contact Gary Rance (preferably before Christmas 2009) if you are
     interested in participating or obtaining more information.

            PH.      03 9035 5342
            Email:   grance@unimelb.edu.au

View Powerpoint Presentation

View videos about the Study
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 (Final)


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