Adult research participants needed for sound sensitivity study

Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences are running a study to better understand why some people are more sensitive to everyday sounds than others and how this relates to the way the brain processes sound.

Principal Investigator Tiffany Woynaroski, assistant professor of hearing and speech sciences, is seeking adults between the ages of 18 and 60 who are fluent in English, have normal hearing OR hearing loss only in high frequencies, and either do or do not have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

Study participants will be asked to complete some online questionnaires and come to Vanderbilt for up to two in-person sessions. The first in-person session includes psychoacoustic (hearing) tests, interviews, and standardized psychological assessments. After that session, participants may qualify for a second session that will include more hearing tests, brainwave recordings (EEG), and other measures of auditory function.

Study participants will be paid $20 per hour for all research study appointments, and they will receive a bonus $25 for completing the online study questionnaires.

If you are interested in participating in the research study, fill out the short screening questionnaire and a staff member be in contact.

For more information, contact study coordinator Bahar Keceli-Kaysili at (615) 397-4492 or