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The Listening Project: Tuning Into Change

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified November 2017 by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02064257
First Posted: February 17, 2014
Last Update Posted: November 10, 2017
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Collaborator:
Australian Childhood Foundation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  Purpose
A research project funded by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) will be conducted in Australian facilities of the ACF to evaluate the effectiveness of the Listening Project Protocol (LPP) in children with a trauma history. The LPP is designed as a "neural exercise" to reduce auditory hypersensitivities, to improve auditory processing of speech, and to improve behavioral state regulation. The LPP uses acoustic stimulation to exercise the neural regulation of the middle ear structures to rehabilitate and to normalize the acoustic transfer function of the middle ear structures. The current study is being conducted to evaluate efficacy and feasibility of the LPP and will use objective measures to evaluate changes in acoustic transfer function of the middle ears structures, auditory processing skills, physiological state regulation, and sensory symptoms.

Condition Intervention
Auditory Perceptual Disorders Stress Disorder Behavioral: Listening Project Protocol

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Listening Project: Tuning Into Change

Further study details as provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Auditory hypersensitivity [ Time Frame: pre-intervention (within 1 week before intervention), post-intervention (within 1 week after intervention), 1 month post-intervention ]
    Brain-Body Center Sensory Scales (BBC Sensory Scales) (parental questionnaire)


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Autonomic state regulation [ Time Frame: pre-intervention (within 1 week before intervention), immediate post-intervention (within 1 week after intervention), 1 month post-intervention ]
    heart rate, heart period, high-frequency heart rate variability/respiratory sinus arrhythmia

  • Auditory processing [ Time Frame: pre-intervention (within 1 week before intervention), immediate post-intervention (within 1 week after intervention), 1 month post-intervention ]
    filtered words, competing words subscales of SCAN

  • social behavior [ Time Frame: post-intervention (within 1 week after the intervention), 1 month post-intervention ]
    Listening Project Parent Questionnaire

  • Middle ear muscle transfer function [ Time Frame: pre-intervention (within 1 week before intervention), immediate post-intervention (within 1 week after intervention), 1 month post-intervention ]
    MESAS (Middle Ear Sound Absorption System)


Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2014
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2018 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention group
Participants will be included in all pre-intervention and post-assessment measures. Participants will receive the Listening Project Protocol intervention. The duration of the intervention is approximately 45 minutes per day, for 5 consecutive days.
Behavioral: Listening Project Protocol
The intervention will consist of listening to computer-altered acoustic stimulation, designed to modulate the frequency band of vocal music passed to the participant. The frequency characteristics of the acoustic stimulation are selected to emphasize the relative importance of specific frequencies in conveying the information embedded in human speech. Modulation of the acoustic energy within the frequencies of human voice, similar to an exaggerated vocal prosody, are hypothesized to recruit and modulate the neural regulation of the middle ear muscles and to functionally reduce sound hypersensitivities and improve auditory processing.
No Intervention: Assessment-only group
The assessment-only group will participate in all pre- and post-intervention assessments, but will not receive the Listening Project Protocol.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children must be between ages 7-14 years
  • Children and parent providing permission must be able to read/speak in English
  • Children must be receiving services from the Child Trauma Service unit of the Australian Childhood Foundation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children who wear a hearing-device
  • Children with a history of heart disease
  • Children who are currently being treated for seizure disorder
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02064257


Contacts
Contact: Joe Tucci, PhD 03 9874 3922 jtucci@childhood.org.au
Contact: Stephen W Porges, PhD 919 843-2220 stephen_porges@med.unc.edu

Locations
Australia, Victoria
Child Trauma Service Unit, Australian Childhood Foundation Recruiting
Ringwood, Victoria, Australia, 3134
Contact: Joe Tucci, PhD    03 9874 3922    jtucci@childhood.org.au   
Principal Investigator: Joe Tucci, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Australian Childhood Foundation
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Stephen W Porges, PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02064257     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 13-2304
First Submitted: February 10, 2014
First Posted: February 17, 2014
Last Update Posted: November 10, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017

Keywords provided by University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:
autonomic nervous system
auditory processing disorder
social behavior

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Disease
Perceptual Disorders
Auditory Perceptual Disorders
Pathologic Processes
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Auditory Diseases, Central
Retrocochlear Diseases
Ear Diseases
Otorhinolaryngologic Diseases
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Cognition Disorders
Neurocognitive Disorders
Mental Disorders