The Listening Effort Study

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Listening effort and downstream effects due to hearing loss in children and young people



  • Contact name

    Iain Alexander Bruce

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 9 months, 30 days

  • Research summary

    One of the paramount challenges to the clinical application of the concept of listening effort is the lack of consensus on how to measure the abstract notion. Many different measures have been postulated ranging from self-reported measures to physiological biomarkers. Yet, frustratingly, despite the myriad of proposed tools, the evidence to support one optimum measure is nominal. Correlational analysis between different measures often shows conditional and weak relationships between measures indicating they are capturing different dimensions of listening effort. This finding was further corroborated in a recent systematic review within our department which is currently awaiting publication. Therefore, future research should consider different approaches to measuring listening effort and one such way would be to focus on its corollaries rather than the innate concept. This study explores the use of existing questionnaire-based outcome measurement instruments in the evaluation of listening effort and its associated consequences in children and young people (CYP), with and without hearing loss.

  • REC name

    West of Scotland REC 1

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    12 Oct 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion