RERC Projects

The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (DHH-RERC) supports  three research projects and three development projects:

Research Projects

The DHH-RERC’s research projects contribute to advancing knowledge about how people who are deaf or hard of hearing can benefit from new technologies:

  • Enhanced Aural Rehabilitation for Adult Cochlear Implant Users via Telerehab Technology (Project R1) is assessing the effectiveness of short-term rehabilitation programs and telerehab settings to determine whether they can improve speech understanding and communication in daily life. Telerehab offers consumers who may not otherwise have access to rehabilitation providers and programs.
  • User-Driven Customization of Cochlear Implant Programming (Project R2) is researching options for a consumer-driven user interface for assisting the programming process, which would offer CI users control over their device programming.
  • Validation of Hearing Aid Fitting for Infants and Toddlers (Project R3): is studying the relationship between physiological and behavioral measures of speech sound discrimination to develop a set of tools that will help clinicians improve the assessment and intervention of hearing aid fitting in infants and toddlers. Through the early use of hearing aids, parents can clinicians can reduce speech and language delays in infants and toddlers.

Development Projects

The DHH-RERC’s development projects contribute to developing best practices, testing new technologies, and bringing them to market: