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My research concerns i) understanding causes and impacts of hearing impairment, particularly in the context of multimorbidity in older age, ii) prevention and treatment of hearing impairment, and iii) hearing service development and evaluation. 

I was a 2013-2014 US-UK Fulbright scholar, and was awarded the British Society of Audiology's Thomas Simm Littler Prize in 2014 for my work on the epidemiology of hearing loss and acclimatization to hearing aids. I am Director of Research for the Department of Linguistics. 


Research themes: hearing loss, tinnitus, hearing aids, cochlear implants, cognition, dementia, mental well-being, cognitive decline, hearing help-seeking.

Populations: Working age and older age adults.

Research methods: Clinical trials, systematic reviews, epidemiology.


Research engagement

I am a peer reviewer for >45 journals, as well as the NIHR, the ESRC, Action on Hearing Loss, the MRC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Aguir pour L’Audition, the MRC, the Alzheimer's Society UK, Alzheimer's Research UK and the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation.

I am on the editorial board of the International Journal of Audiology, the Journal of Audiology & Otology, and the South African Journal of Communication Disorders.


Research student supervision

I currently have two fully funded PhD studentships available for a January 2021 start. I would welcome inquiries in relation to any topic related to my research interests. 


Current PhD

Co-supervisor of UoM doctoral research student, Hannah Cross (2019-) Topic: “Improving quality of life through addressing communication needs for people in residential care living with dementia”, funded by the Alzheimers Society

Co-supervisor of UoM doctoral research student, Harry Taylor (2016-) Topic: “Ethnicity and hearing health inequality in England”, funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council

Co-supervisor of UoM doctoral research student Emma Hooper (2018-) Topic: "Supporting hearing aid use in people with dementia", funded by UKOTRF


Completed PhD

Primary supervisor of UoM doctoral research student, Chelsea Sawyer (2015-2019) Topic: “Health psychology approaches to hearing aid uptake”, funded by Phonak AG

Primary supervisor of UoM doctoral research student, Afzarini Hasnita (2015-2019) Topic: “Patient centered practice in audiology”, funded by the Malaysian Government academic development fund

Co-supervsior of UoM doctoral research student, Sara Al-Hambali (2014-2017) Topic: “Listening effort and fatigue in people with hearing impairment”, funded by Jordanian Government

Co-supervisor of UoM doctoral research student, Ronan McGarrigle (2013-2015) Topic: “Objective assessment of listening effort in children”, funded by the Castang Foundation


Community engagement

I am very active in outreach and public engagement. I regularly disseminate research via a variety of media (including television, radio, newspaper, magazine, blog and twitter) to a variety of audiences (including doctors, audiologists, the general public and high school students). Via the EU SENSE-Cog project, I am working with NOWGen to develop a European network of charities, users, carers and professionals all interested in understanding the interaction between sensory and cognitive health. This will help to increase awareness of the need to correctly assess, detect early and manage mixed sensory and cognitive impairment. This network will be able to lobby for further funding for research, training and education and awareness raising. The network will help to work towards an EU that is ‘sensory-cognitive friendly’. 

Education/Academic qualification

Speech and hearing science, BSc(hons), Curtin University

Experimental Psychology, DPhil, University of Oxford

External positions

Honorary Senior Lecturer in Audiology, University of Manchester


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