Professional opinions of radio aid provision for deaf babies and toddlers

Participant Information Sheet

Participant information sheet for Paediatric Audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf and Educational Audiologists

You will be given a copy of this information sheet

Title of study: Professional opinions of radio aid provision for deaf babies and toddlers.

Department: UCL Ear Institute
Name and contact details of the researcher: Elhamsadat Mirjani.
Name and contact details of the principal researcher:
Dr Hannah Cooper
Dr Bhavisha Parmar

This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethic Committee – Approval ID number 12585/007

1.Invitation Paragraph
You are being invited to participate in a research study about professional opinions of provision of radio aids for deaf/hard of hearing babies and toddlers up to 18 months. This study is being conducted by Elhamsadat Mirjani who is an MSc Advanced Audiology student at the UCL Ear Institute and is supervised by Dr Hannah Cooper (Lecturer in Audiology) and Dr Bhavisha Parmar.

2.What is the project’s purpose?
We are aiming to explore the opinions of professionals who work with deaf babies and toddlers on the impact of radio aid technology on cognitive, language and speech development of young children and identify the benefits and barriers of using this technology for this age group.

3.Who should take part?
Please take this survey if you are a paediatric audiologist, an educational audiologist, or a teacher of the deaf and you are currently working in the UK, with deaf young children.

4.Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part you will be asked to agree to this before you begin.

5.What will happen to me if I take part?
The questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete. Submitting your questionnaire implies that you have given consent to participate. If you wish to withdraw you can simply close the questionnaire and your data will not be counted. As questionnaires are submitted anonymously you will not be able to withdraw your data after you have submitted it.

6.What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part? There are no disadvantage or risks.

7.What are the possible benefits of taking part?
While there is unlikely to be a direct benefit to you, the survey will give insight into current opinions in the field. You can leave your email address to enter a prize draw to win a £50 shopping voucher. Your email will not be used for the study, it will be kept confidential, and only used for the prize draw. The winner will be notified by 7 April 2023.

8.What if something goes wrong? If you have any problems, you should contact the principal researcher, Dr Hannah Cooper (Details on front page). If you feel that any complaint has not been handled to your satisfaction, you can contact the Chair of the UCL research ethic committee:
Research Ethic Co-ordinator
Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) University College London
2 Taviton St, London, WC1E 6BT

9. Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?
All the information that we collect about you during the course of the research will be kept confidential. All data will be collected and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018. Information will only be made available to our small research team.

10. What will happen to the results of the research project?
The data collected will be stored for ten years following completion of the project. Once the data is no longer needed, it will be disposed of in a secure manner. You will not be identifiable in reports or publications which stem from this project.

This project will form part of a dissertation for Ellie Mirjani’s MSc in Advanced Audiology at UCL. We will write a summary of the project for professionals who work with deaf young children. The summary will be available here:

Local Data protection Privacy Notice


The controller for this project will be University College London (UCL). The UCL Data Protection Officer provides oversight of UCL activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at

This ‘local’ privacy notice sets out the information that applies to this particular study. Further information on how UCL uses participant information can be found in our ‘general’ privacy notice:
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The information that is required to be provided to participants under data protection legislation (GDPR and DPA 2018) is provided across both the ‘local’ and ‘general’ privacy notices.
The lawful basis that will be used to process your personal data are: ‘Public task’ for personal data.

Your personal data will be processed so long as it is required for the research project. If we are able to anonymise or pseudonymise the personal data you provide, we will undertake this and will endeavour to minimise the processing of personal data wherever possible.

If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, or if you would like to contact us about your rights, please contact UCL in the first instance at 

If you want to withdraw from this study at any point, simply do not complete the survey. Incomplete responses will be deleted.

If you have any questions about the study please do not hesitate to contact Ellie Mirjani (, Hannah Cooper ( or Bhavisha Parmar (

By clicking on Start you are agreeing to take part in the study.

Your participation is highly appreciated.