Research themes

Coding and processing

Theme coordinator: Chris Plack

This theme focuses on physiological processing within the auditory system, with the goal of understanding how the normal and impaired auditory system codes and processes sounds. The theme has the translational goals of

  • improving and individualising auditory diagnostics and the fitting of hearing devices,
  • developing new signal processing strategies for hearing devices.

Members of research theme: Chris Plack, Karolina Kluk-de Kort, Richard Baker,


Clinical assessment and management

Theme coordinator: Kai Uus

This theme focuses on clinical assessment and management of adults and children with hearing impairment, tinnitus and balance disorders. Research is aimed at improving patient outcomes using innovative technologies or techniques.

Members of research theme: Kai Uus, Kevin Munro, Karolina Kluk-de Kort, Chris Plack, Richard Baker, Tim Wilding,


Plasticity in the auditory system

Theme coordinator: Kevin Munro

This theme is concerned with understanding the changes that occur over time in the auditory system due to training, deafness, development, or restoration of input to a deaf auditory system. The translational goal of this research is to guide fitting and management options for hearing devices.

Members of research theme: Kevin Munro, Chris Plack, Karolina Kluk de Kort,


Auditory prostheses technology

Theme coordinator: Michael Stone

This theme aims to improve the outcomes of auditory prostheses (Hearing aids, Cochlear Implants, Auditory Brainstem Implants, and Auditory Midbrain Implants) for people with a hearing loss covering the full range from mild to profound.  We aim to:
  • Understand the variability in outcomes through understanding perceptual and physiological factors in the auditory system, and thus develop improved and individually optimised fitting strategies for individuals
  • Umprove signal processing techniques in the devices, and to develop diagnostic and prognostic tools to aid the choice of device type, device settings, and where applicable, surgical approach.

We use and develop new techniques in the fields of psychophysics, imaging, electrophysiology, and signal processing.

Members of research theme: Karolina Kluk, Martin ODriscoll, Kevin Green, Chris Plack


Improving service delivery

Theme coordinator: Wendy McCracken

Service delivery to individuals who are deaf seeks to ensure best practice but a range of factors at governmental, institutional, service level or at the level of the individual recipient reduce efficacy and result in less than optimum experience for the client and efficiency for the service provider. By exploring aspects of service delivery with both quantitative and qualitative methods the aim of this group is to improve quality of provision. Currently this group is involved in:

  • Assessing real world benefit of FM amplification for deaf children
  • Understanding the reflective component of student experience when training to be work in audiological services
  • Understanding current provision of this HEI for students with identified hearing loss

Recently this group completed research into:

  • Use of FM amplification with pre-school deaf children
  • The growth of sexual understanding in deaf children
  • Parental experience of services for deaf children with additional and complex needs