Welcome to the survey.

We would like to invite you to take part in our study. Before you decide to take part, please read the particpant information sheet, which explains why the research is being done and what it will involve for you.

Taking Part

The purpose of this survey is to record your perceptions of your hearing ability and other health issues and behaviours.

This study is designed to further scientific knowledge and that all procedures have been approved by the Loughborough University Ethics Approvals (Human Participants) Sub-Committee (email: j.a.green@lboro.ac.uk).

There are no right or wrong, or good or bad answers, please feel free to say what you really think.

Please remember to answer the questions honestly throughout the survey.

If you would like to ask questions about your participation prior to commencing the survey, please email m.goodwin@lboro.ac.uk or d.w.maidment@lboro.ac.uk

You are under no obligation to take part in the study, you have the right to withdraw from this study at any stage for any reason, and will not be required to explain your reasons for withdrawing.

Use of Information

I understand that all the personal information I provide will be processed in accordance with data protection legislation on the public task basis and will be treated in strict confidence unless (under the statutory obligations of the agencies which the researchers are working with), it is judged that confidentiality will have to be breached for the safety of the participant or others or for audit by regulatory authorities.

I understand that that information I provide will be used for the research and writing up of a PhD thesis.

I agree to assign the copyright I hold in any materials related to this project to Maria Goodwin.

I understand that all data will be handled in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with access restricted to students conducting the research, and the staff supervising it.

I understand that cookies and personal data stored by your web browser are not used in this survey.

I have read the participant information and voluntarily agree to take part in this study.   For our records, and to confirm your agreement with the above, please tick the box.