Midlands Branch Evening Meeting
HEARING AND ACOUSTIC RESEARCH AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Including a visit to the Hearing Sciences’ Testing Labs.
Hearing Sciences, Science Road, University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
Wednesday 26 February 2020
From 5:30pm for Spatial Hearing Laboratory viewing,
Presentations from 6:30pm
This meeting is our third to be held at the Hearing Sciences building on the University Park campus of the University of Nottingham. This is the former MRC Institute of Hearing Research, and now hosts part of the Hearing Sciences Section of the School of Medicine. The meeting will cover various aspects of the University’s work in hearing and acoustics, with the help of speakers who are experts in their field. There will also be the opportunity to see the new spatial hearing laboratory.
There will be a short introduction then science presentations from university researchers:
- Michael Akeroyd: From MRC IHR to Hearing Sciences.
- Padraig Kitterick: Cochlear implantation and tinnitus
- Ian Wiggins: Sound distribution and safe listening in entertainment venues
- Peter Rutherford: Soundscapes in mental healthcare facilities
Hearing research in Nottingham has a storied history for over 40 years, hosting two nationally unique and large-scale research units: the MRC Institute of Hearing Research (IHR; founded 1977, closed 2018) and the NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing (NHBRU; founded 2008). In 2016, the NHBRU was refunded by NIHR and reorganized to be part of the £23 million Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). In June 2018, a new research section was created within the School of Medicine at University of Nottingham, bringing together the BRC research groups and three MRC-funded research groups that remained after the closure of MRC IHR. This section combines for the first time hearing scientists spanning the full range of research approaches from basic auditory neuroscience to applied clinical research, and is one of the largest and most important centres for hearing research in the UK.
The research teams are based in three sites: a university campus (the Hearing Sciences building), a large research-active NHS audiology centre and auditory implant programme (Ropewalk House, Nottingham city centre), and teaching hospitals (the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, formerly the Scottish section of the Institute of Hearing Research).
The research at Hearing Sciences extends across the broad spectrum of hearing-related topics, including auditory ecology, auditory processing, health informatics and big data, eHealth, fNIRS/MR/EEG imaging, hearing loss, hearing devices including hearing aids and cochlear implants, hearing disability, hyperacusis, objective measures of hearing, ototoxicity, outcome measures for clinical trials, self-management of hearing and related conditions, spatial hearing, and tinnitus
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD