Kevin Munro
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    M13 9PL Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Overview

Kevin is Ewing Professor of Audiology, Director of the Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD), Deputy Director of the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and theme lead for Hearing Health. He is an honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

Kevin is the only audiologist to be awarded NIHR Senior Investigator status, is Principal Fellow of the British Society of Audiology, Expert Advisor for the NICE Centre for Guidelines, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for the Australian National Acoustic Laboratories. He is Chair of the North West Regional Advisory Committee for NIHR Research for Patient Benefit.

He has held many positions within the profession, including Chair of the British Society of Audiology and Chair of the Council of the International Journal of Audiology.  He is an honorary life member of the British Society of Audiology, ‘in recognition of outstanding contribution to audiology education, research and leadership’. Kevin is a member of the Phonak AG (Switzerland) International Paediatric Advisory Board. He has acted as an independent consultant to most of the leading international hearing instrument companies. 

He is passionate about increasing the profile and impact of audiology. We live in a communication era yet hearing loss is a significant barrier to easy communication. Hearing loss impacts on all aspects of family life, employment, and prevents enjoyment of leisure activities. It is associated with reduced quality of life, depression and anxiety, poor social interactions and increased risk of dementia. Moreover, the harms to society are worsening: 11m UK adults currently live with hearing loss but this will increase to 15.6m by 2031.

According to the World Health Organisation, hearing loss is the number one global cause of years lived with a disability, yet it attracts less than 1% of UK health care expenditure and less than 1% of UK health research spend. The ‘Hearing Matters’ report by Action on Hearing Loss states that the research spend for every person affected by sight loss is £11.35 yet this is only £1.11 for hearing loss. Our national population survey revealed that the public perception of hearing loss prevalence and risk are largely inaccurate. In terms of charity funding, only one hearing loss charity (National Deaf Children’s Society) is represented in the top 100. It is clear that there is some way to go to persuade the public to back policies that will equalize the distribution of funds to hearing health care and research.

His wife is an NHS Clinical Scientist. His kids are mad keen on adventures and sport, especially ice hockey. When he gets time to relax, he enjoys fly fishing, single malts and buying books (which one day he hopes to have time to read).

Biography

Kevin was brought up near Edinburgh where he studied Medical Sciences before going on to gain his MSc in Audiology (distinction) at the University of Southampton (in 1986), PG Dip Management Studies at Brunel University (in 1997), and PhD in Audiology at the University of Southampton (in 2002).

He is a state registered clinical scientist with experience in all areas of adult and paediatric assessment and rehabilitation. Before entering academia, he was an audiology healthcare professional and worked at a variety of locations across the UK including Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton. He has spent extended periods of time at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Research interests

ManCAD has around 50 staff and is a UK leader in: (i) education and training of hearing health and education professionals, (ii) world-changing hearing research that leads to lasting improvements for all, and (ii) service development. The ManCAD research portfolio covers the lifecourse and spans basic discovery through to clinical applications in prevention, assessment and diagnosis, and treatment and management. ManCAD was awarded Team of the Year, 2019, by the British Academy of Audiology.

Teaching

Teaching is primarily focused on UG and PG programmes in Audiology:

  • Advanced hearing instruments and contemporary trends in aural rehabilitation: BSc3 (HCDI 3221)

  • Dissertation: MSc (PSYC 61616)

  • Research project introduction: MSc (PSYC 64002)

  • Research project: MSc (PSYC 64003)

Contribute to other teaching units including: (i) Auditory Assessment and Management (MSc, PSYC 60095 and PSYC 60651) and (ii) Clinical and Behavioural Neuroscience (MSc, PSYC 60142)

My collaborations

Professor David Moore, Cincinatti Childrens Hospital Medical Centre

Professor Brian Moore, University of Cambridge

Professor Suzanne Purdy, University of Auckland

Professor Richard Seewald, University of western Ontario

Dr Harvey Dillon, National Acoustics Laboratory, Australia

Dr Roland Schaette, University College London

Dr Heather Fortnum and Dr Mark Edmondson-Jones, University of Nottingham

Dr Brent Edwards and Dr Sridhar Kalluri, Starkey Hearing Research Centre, USA

Dr Tony Payton, University of Manchester

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Society of Audiology

British Academy of Audiology

American Academy of Audiology 

American Auditory Society 

Higher Education Academy

Qualifications

PhD in Audiology

MSc in Audiology

PG Diploma Management Studies

BSc Medical Sciences

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

  • Digital Futures

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