Understanding How the Brain Processes Sounds in Adults with and without Sound Sensitivity

Principal Investigator: Tiffany Woynaroski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


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.

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, you may qualify for a second session that will include more hearing tests, brainwave recordings (EEG), and other measures of auditory function.

For more information, please fill out this short screening questionnaire and a staff member will contact you.

Participant Criteria

Between the ages of 18 and 60, fluent in English, have normal hearing or hearing loss only in high frequencies, and have autism OR do not have autism.


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


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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 05, 2022

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