Making Sense of Research



“What is Research?” “How can I tell what is good or bad research?” “Can research be biased…how would I know?”

These are likely some questions that you want to ask when your child is newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. As a parent, you are faced with many decisions to make and a short amount of time in which to understand what hearing loss is and the best way forward for your child.

When you hear, “Research says” or “Research supports”, the suggestion is that the information is grounded in solid fact. But what is research, and what does that term mean?

Join us as we answer commonly asked questions about research, the good and the bad, and discuss how you as a parent can navigate the complex world of research and scientific study. The goal is for you to have the tools you need to make the best decisions possible for your child and your family.

Making Sense of Research

What Is Research?

How is Research Conducted?

Why Is It Important to Learn About Research and Research Terms?

Should Parents Look up Research?

Where Can I Find Research?

How Can I Tell Is Research Is Good or Bad?

Can Research Be Biased? How Would You Know?

Let’s Walk Through a Research Paper

As a Parent of a Child Who Is DHH, What Are Some Important Research Topics?

How Can I or My Child Get Involved in Research?

We Want to Hear From You!


We want to hear from you! Please take five minutes to complete this short survey.



Additional information and resources about research and hearing loss are available at www.agbell.org or email us info@agbell.org. AG Bell developed this resource for parents and other consumers with grant support from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, under award number 1R13DC020382-01.

Making Sense of Research


Reach Us

Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

3417 Volta Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

Tel: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221


Our Mission

Working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk. 

We want all families to be informed and supported, professionals to be appropriately qualified to teach and help children with hearing loss, public policy leaders to effectively address the needs of people with hearing loss, and communities to be empowered to help their neighbors with hearing loss succeed.