Research opportunities

Research helps us understand the impact of hearing loss and how to best use technologies and practices to overcome its consequences.

Please consider taking part in the following studies with our university partners and students:

For adult CI recipients

Internet and technology skills development

The Hearing House is conducting a study (funded by Internet NZ) to teach people new digital skills to increase confidence with personal communication, social opportunities, training and educational materials through the internet to get the most out of your cochlear implants and hearing aids.


· An individualised program will be developed for you with the staff at The Hearing House to learn new skills

· Receive training on how to use your hearing device with bluetooth devices such as cell phones and tablets

· Each participant will be evaluated prior to training to identify needs and current knowledge. After training, we will assess what you have learned through questionnaires


· People who choose to participate in research activities such as this often do so because they want to “give back”

· All personal information provided is confidential

· For clinicians, this means being able to serve you via the internet efficiently and effectively


· Ask your Audiologist

· Pick up a participant information sheet at reception

· Leave your information with one of us

· You, a friend or family can help express your interest over email at

Pathways to Cochlear Implantation: The Northern Cochlear Implant Programme Recipients’ Experiences

Have you received a cochlear implant through The Hearing House within the past year?

Despite the benefits of cochlear implants (CI) experienced by many, there is an under-utilization of CI globally for adults. To understand this phenomenon, Ji Hee Hong, a Masters of Audiology student at the University of Auckland is conducting research to better understand what barriers and facilitators exist for Northern Cochlear Implant Programme recipients during their transition from hearing aids to CI.

You are invited to participate in our online questionnaire (through Qualtrics) which would take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Upon completion, if you wish to discuss more about your journey, you are invited for an interview (60 minutes) and would be given a koha of a $30 voucher.

In order to be eligible for this study, you must: be aged over 21, have received a cochlear implant from the Northern Cochlear Implant Programme (e.g. The Hearing House), have post-lingual onset of deafness with typical spoken language abilities, and a minimum 1-year post-implantation.

If you are eligible and would like to participate, please click on the button below:

If at any point during the informed consent procedure or questionnaire process you have any questions regarding the research, or if you experience any technical difficulties, please contact Ji Hee Hong at

For babies with normal hearing or hearing loss

Exploring a speech discrimination testing method for infants

We are conducting a study with infants, investigating a clinically reliable way to assess speech discrimination in infants, using a special technique called auditory evoked potentials.

The universities of Auckland and Canterbury are looking for babies aged between 3 months and 1 year who have typical head/brain health and either;

- normal hearing in both ears or

- hearing loss in both ears

If you are interested in learning more or in having your child participate in the research to help us improve the lives of infants affected by hearing loss, please contact Dr Kim Wise by emailing

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