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Overview

I’m a researcher and audiologist with a special interest in improving clinical practice in paediatric audiology. I have worked with families and infants with hearing loss across the whole of the UK to develop improved objective hearing tests for babies, to understand how well they can hear through their hearing aids (https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/babies-with-hearing-loss/). I have recently worked on a project investigating the impact of Covid-19 on the auditory system. My current work focusses on improving behavioural hearing tests in infants (https://sites.manchester.ac.uk/bambino/). We do this by using fun sounds and images to improve engagement in hearing tests (e.g. a favourite TV theme tune instead of a pure tone), and by using machine learning of video images to help determine whether or not a baby heard a sound.  

I’m the liaison for Patient Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) at Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness. As such, I work with the Vocal (https://www.wearevocal.org/) to ensure members of the public have a say on our research direction and have input into how we design our research studies.

I sit on the British Society of Audiology’s Paediatric Special Interest Steering Group.

Research interests

  • Improving clinical practice in paediatric audiology
  • Objective and behavioural hearing tests for infants
  • Auditory Evoked Potentials
  • Auditory devices (cochlear implants and hearing aids)
  • Communication

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Healthier Futures

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