Auditory learning and development

Lead Research Organisation: MRC Institute of Hearing Research

Abstract

Effective communication in everyday situations often involves hearing and interpreting speech in noisy conditions. Older listeners, people with hearing impairments and children with language-learning difficulties find listening to speech-in-noise particularly difficult. An ultimate goal for our research is to help these populations communicate more successfully, despite their difficulties. We take several approaches towards achieving this goal. Firstly, we are developing better clinical tools to assess and more effectively identify children with listening difficulties. Secondly, to better understand these difficulties, we are investigating how processing of auditory inputs from the brain changes with age. Finally, we are developing more effective training programmes to improve listening abilities.

Our research suggests the benefits of training depend not only on the task or the sounds used for training, but also on the ability of the individual to attend to and remember what they hear.

Technical Summary

Auditory processing is fundamental to effective communication, particularly in challenging listening conditions. However, there is considerable variation in ability to efficiently process and use auditory inputs across the lifespan. Most of this variation is thought to reflect cognitive factors associated with the central auditory system rather than sensory processes located at the periphery of the system. This programme aims to further understand how central and peripheral mechanisms interact to modulate individual listening efficiency across the lifespan. We consider listening efficiency in both typical individuals and individuals with some form of listening difficulty. Ultimately, we hope to translate this learning into clinical benefit by developing more effective assessment tools and auditory training regimes to assess and treat patients with listening difficulties.

Primary outcomes from our work to date are, (i) a new scale (the ECLiPS) to profile children’s listening abilities, (ii) a test of auditory attention (the TAIL) (iii) supra-threshold auditory and cognitive age-norms, and (iv) a delineation of important regimen specific factors modulating auditory learning efficiency. The ECLiPS is proving to offer valuable insight into the nature of listening difficulties in children. Research in auditory training underlines the importance of carefully structured training regimens involving positive not negative feedback. The test of auditory attention is providing insights into the differences between auditory and visual attention.

In other research this year, we showed how training beat perception in older adults resulted not only in improved beat perception but importantly, improved speech-in-noise listening. Interestingly, in this context older adults show greater reliance on cognitive abilities when listening in noise. In children with auditory processing disorder, we demonstrated deficits in auditory specific sustained attention. Moreover, we showed how relative strength in sustained attention acts as a protective factor for supporting normal development of language and listening abilities.

In summary, our research highlights the need for an individualised approach to training and rehabilitation. Our findings provide converging evidence that auditory perceptual abilities in younger and older populations depend on cognitive factors such as attention, working memory and general IQ. Aspects of cognition, and in particular attention appear to be more important than bottom-up channel sharpening to improve perception through training. These findings inform our endeavours to appropriately tailor training programmes to improve speech perception not only in children with auditory and language-learning disorders, but also in older hearing-impaired individuals and cochlear-implant users.
 
Description Appointed Trustee and Council member of the British Society of Audiology
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL http://www.thebsa.org.uk/people/dr-christian-fullgrabe/
 
Description British Society of Audiology Clinical Guidelines on the management of Auditory Processing Disorder
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guidance committee
 
Description British Society of Audiology Special Interest Group in Cognition in Hearing
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description British Society of Audiology Special Interest Group on Auditory Processing Disorder
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in advisory committee
 
Description International policy on Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description A genome-wide association study to discover novel genetic variants influencing hearing and noise-induced hearing loss
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Funding ID G51 
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description ARO 2015 travel bursary (DM)
Amount £400 (GBP)
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 02/2015
 
Description ARO 2015 travel bursary (HR)
Amount £400 (GBP)
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2015 
End 02/2015
 
Description Deafness Research UK Vacation Scholarship
Amount £1,440 (GBP)
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2012 
End 08/2012
 
Description Development Gap Fund MRCT
Amount £72,000 (GBP)
Organisation MRC-Technology 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2010 
End 03/2012
 
Description EPS (Grindley) Travel Grant 2014 (DM)
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 08/2014
 
Description Effect of age on temporal fine structure processing
Amount £20,484 (GBP)
Organisation Oticon Hearing Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 03/2011 
End 04/2012
 
Description Effect of aging on auditory temporal processing
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal National Institute For Deaf People 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2010 
End 05/2011
 
Description Effect of presbycusis on speech intelligibility and comprehension
Amount £9,349 (GBP)
Organisation Archean Technologies 
Start 05/2017 
End 05/2018
 
Description Experimental Psychology Society Travel award
Amount £500 (GBP)
Organisation Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 05/2011
 
Description Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary
Amount £1,440 (GBP)
Organisation Nuffield Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2011 
End 05/2011
 
Description Speech segregation in elderly normal-hearing listeners: Effect of cognitive load
Amount £2,697 (GBP)
Organisation British Society of Audiology 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2010 
End 06/2012
 
Description Summer Studentship Award
Amount £1,600 (GBP)
Funding ID SG36 
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 07/2013
 
Description Supra-treshold auditory and cognitive contributors to speech perception in normal hearing across the adult lifespan
Amount £17,241 (GBP)
Organisation Oticon Hearing Foundation 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 09/2012 
End 12/2014
 
Description Travel bursary (British Academy Minding the Gaps Workshop) (HR)
Amount £100 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 09/2014
 
Description Using automatic speech recognition to predict speech-in-noise perception for simulated age-related hearing loss
Amount £3,970 (GBP)
Funding ID F78 
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description Vacation Scholarship
Amount £1,600 (GBP)
Organisation Action on Hearing Loss 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2013 
End 08/2013
 
Title British English Speech Sentences Test (BESST-UK) 
Description Speech in noise test. Allows users to separate out perception from cognitive abilities. 
Type Of Material Model of mechanisms or symptoms - human 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Still in early stages but we will be setting up a collaboration with clinical colleagues at Mary Hare to develop signal to noise ratios suitable for cochlear implant users. This we hope will become an application for external funding. 
 
Title Evaluation of Children's Listening and Processing Skills (ECLIPS) 
Description Scale to assess suspected of having APD. comprises 5 factors which measure impairment in listening language and social skills. 
Type Of Material Model of mechanisms or symptoms - human 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Released commercially. 
URL http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/pages/studies/epic-q/index
 
Title STAR computer platform 
Description presents auditory stimuli and and stores the data for further analysis 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2009 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact publications from MRC IHR and from users in northwestern university 
 
Title STAR-distiller 
Description extracts data collected as part of the STAR computer platform 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Improves utility of the STAR computer platform 
 
Title STAR-runner 
Description provides controlled method of presenting auditory tests 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact data collected in Twinsburg. Collaboration on heritability of auditory processing abilities. Soon to be developed into publications 
 
Title TAIL 
Description Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL): A short and easy to run test that measures orienting of auditory attention and conflict resolution under conditions of distraction. This test is suitable for adults and children down to ~5 years old. 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Several research and method papers, as well as several potential collaborations towards the standardisation and validation of the test in impaired populations such as hearing impairment, auditory processing disorder, specific language impairment. 
URL http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/app/webroot/sites/ncs/TestsTail.php
 
Title Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL) 
Description Development and publication of a new test of auditory attention 
Type Of Material Physiological assessment or outcome measure 
Year Produced 2012 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact No impact yet. In discussion with MRCT 
 
Title pitch assessment for Cochlear Implant users 
Description a method of assessing pitch discrimination by cochlear implant users 
Type Of Material Biological samples 
Year Produced 2010 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact collaboration with UCL. 
 
Description Application of auditory learning 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Biomedical Sciences Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Theoretical background of research and other enabling technology (e.g. software)
Collaborator Contribution Testing in real environments the effect of training on the ability to hear and listen
Impact Presentations at several national and international scientific meetings
Start Year 2009
 
Description Auditory learning in Israel 
Organisation University of Haifa
Department Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Country Israel 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Planning and designing experiments Coding experimental tasks data analysis writeup
Collaborator Contribution Grant writing: We received an external grant managed through the collaborators' institution to run a study. Data collection. Manuscript writing Publications will be under MRC IHR affiliation.
Impact External funding secured to run study. Abstract submitted to the Israeli Society for Neuroscience annual Meeting (Dec 2013) Paper submitted to PLoS ONE (Aug 2014)
Start Year 2010
 
Description Honorary appt - NAL 
Organisation National Acoustics Laboratory
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have started a long-term collaboration with leading scientists at NAL, Sydney
Collaborator Contribution Expertise in hearing-aid devices, fitting and services
Impact none yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Multimodal spatial hearing 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am leading a collaboration looking at how cross-modal influences affect auditory spatial location. This has resulted in a new MRC programme grant
Collaborator Contribution My collaborators' contributions are in expertise of vision, selective attention, and spatial hearing
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description Multimodal spatial hearing 
Organisation Vanderbilt University
Department Vanderbilt Medical Center
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I am leading a collaboration looking at how cross-modal influences affect auditory spatial location. This has resulted in a new MRC programme grant
Collaborator Contribution My collaborators' contributions are in expertise of vision, selective attention, and spatial hearing
Impact None yet
Start Year 2017
 
Description NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit 
Organisation Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Strategic leadership of NHBRU Co-leadership on 3 research areas of NHBRU portfolio Co-supervision of 3 PhD students
Collaborator Contribution Strategic involvement with MRC IHR Co-leadership on research areas of NHBRU portfolio Co-supervision of 3 PhD students
Impact Co-publications Development of research website Development of new diagnostic tests Development of new hearing intervention
Start Year 2011
 
Description NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Strategic leadership of NHBRU Co-leadership on 3 research areas of NHBRU portfolio Co-supervision of 3 PhD students
Collaborator Contribution Strategic involvement with MRC IHR Co-leadership on research areas of NHBRU portfolio Co-supervision of 3 PhD students
Impact Co-publications Development of research website Development of new diagnostic tests Development of new hearing intervention
Start Year 2011
 
Description Neuroimaging of auditory processing disorder 
Organisation Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Department Imaging Research Center
Country United States 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Strategy planning. Provide behavioural tests for auditory function
Collaborator Contribution Awareness of potential mechanisms for and means of studying the neurbiology of auditory processing disorder
Impact Named consultant (DRM) on current NIH application
Start Year 2010
 
Description Sensitivity of ECLiPS questionnaire to habilitation related changes in listening in children with Otitis Media with Effusion 
Organisation Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution ECLiPS questionnaire supplied. Database set up and data analysis methods provided
Collaborator Contribution Recruitment and testing of children. Provision of habilitation support in the form of hearing aids.
Impact joint publications. First submitted for review Oct 2014.
Start Year 2014
 
Description TAIL 
Organisation Linkoping University
Department Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning
Country Sweden 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We developed the Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL) which runs on Matlab, and provided it to collaborators for the purpose of data collection.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators will provide us with the anonymised TAIL data for the purpose of validation and standardisation of the TAIL.
Impact No outcomes as of yet.
Start Year 2012
 
Description TAIL 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research
Department Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We developed the Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL) which runs on Matlab, and provided it to collaborators for the purpose of data collection.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators will provide us with the anonymised TAIL data for the purpose of validation and standardisation of the TAIL.
Impact No outcomes as of yet.
Start Year 2012
 
Description TAIL 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We developed the Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL) which runs on Matlab, and provided it to collaborators for the purpose of data collection.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators will provide us with the anonymised TAIL data for the purpose of validation and standardisation of the TAIL.
Impact No outcomes as of yet.
Start Year 2012
 
Description TAIL 
Organisation University of Laval
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We developed the Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL) which runs on Matlab, and provided it to collaborators for the purpose of data collection.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators will provide us with the anonymised TAIL data for the purpose of validation and standardisation of the TAIL.
Impact No outcomes as of yet.
Start Year 2012
 
Description TAIL 
Organisation University of Toronto
Country Canada 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We developed the Test of Attention in Listening (TAIL) which runs on Matlab, and provided it to collaborators for the purpose of data collection.
Collaborator Contribution The collaborators will provide us with the anonymised TAIL data for the purpose of validation and standardisation of the TAIL.
Impact No outcomes as of yet.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Training intervention for treatment of hearing loss 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Department School of Education Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Concept of study, detailed design, organizing collaborators, funding application
Collaborator Contribution Computational and learning sciences perspective to research on auditory perceptual learning
Impact Pilot Study application (current) to LLHW (MRC) scheme
Start Year 2010
 
Description Translation of ECLiPS into Dutch 
Organisation University of Leuven
Country Belgium 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Input into design of study
Collaborator Contribution Will get translations done and collect data.
Impact Co-publications
Start Year 2014
 
Description Use of ECLiPS in assessment of children referred for auditory processing disorder 
Organisation Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Country United States 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution Provision of ECLiPS for retrospective study of children referred for auditory processing disorder. Help with data analysis.
Collaborator Contribution Data collection and analysis
Impact Appplication for funding to NIH for larger research project submitted.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Use of STAR in auditory testing 
Organisation Northwestern University
Department Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Provision of test materials
Collaborator Contribution Publications
Impact Research papers from Kraus lab
Start Year 2009
 
Description Using the ECLIPS to assess cases of children referred for APD 
Organisation University of Melbourne
Department Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Developing a questionnaire called ECLIPS to assess children suspected of having APD.
Collaborator Contribution Collecting data on Australian children referred for APD and comparing with other behavioral measures typically used with APD.
Impact Paper has been written and submitted. Details of submission as follows: Barry, J. G., Tomlin, D., Moore, D. R., et al. (submitted). Use of questionnaire-based measures in the assessment of listening difficulties. Ear & Hearing.
Start Year 2012
 
Title Questionnaire - Evaluation of Children's Listening and Processing Skills 
Description Questionnaire to assess listening difficulties in children. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2014
Licensed No
Impact Significantly raised profile of IHR and has resulted in a number of contacts to talk in different institutions plus collaborations in Belgium, US, Australia as well as requests to be involved in two potential applications for EU research funding.
 
Title System for Testing Auditory Responses 
Description Software platform for generating auditory sound stimuli for research and applications 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2010
Licensed No
Impact Created several collaborative research opportunities
 
Title Evaluation of Children's listening and processing skills 
Description development of the tool is complete and it is available for purchase. Currently looking to license to a larger commercial organisation. 
Type Diagnostic Tool - Non-Imaging
Current Stage Of Development Refinement. Clinical
Year Development Stage Completed 2012
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact Better assessment tools urgently needed by paediatric audiologists. this addresses the clinical gap. Not yet available though but huge interest at the Paediatric Audiology Interest Group (British Society of Audiology) during presentation and workshop presentations. 
URL http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/pages/studies/epic-q/index
 
Title STAR 
Description Software for testing auditory responses 
Type Diagnostic Tool - Non-Imaging
Current Stage Of Development Small-scale adoption
Year Development Stage Completed 2011
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact Pre-industrial technical development 
 
Title TAIL - Test of Attention in Listening 
Description A test of auditory attention, measuring speed of processing, alerting, orienting and conflict resolution for auditory stimuli. Developed initially as a research tool on core funding, we are now working with MRCT on further development and registering as an invention. Also seeking funding for making the product standalone (currently in Matlab). 
Type Support Tool - For Fundamental Research
Current Stage Of Development Refinement. Non-clinical
Year Development Stage Completed 2013
Development Status Under active development/distribution
Impact Several national and international collaborations (subject to MTA). 
URL http://www.ihr.mrc.ac.uk/app/webroot/sites/ncs/TestsTail.php
 
Description APD masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact ~50 audiologists attended a talk followed by a panel headed discussion

Networking with audiologists to find out what the clinical needs are
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Article on APD assessment for Audacity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Paper Presentation
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Article submitted for publication in September edition. Held over for a special APD edition due out in December

Raises profile of work to develop Questionnare
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description BAA Trent Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk created lots of discussion.

Clinicians thought the work was important and were keen to support.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description BSA Lunch and Learn seminar - Questionnaires in assessment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact presented a talk over the internet. Monthly event for British Society of Audiology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://connect.sonova.com/p5rd5gai14d/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal
 
Description BSA SIG Cognition in Hearing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Joined interim steering committee, establishing the special interests group. The group engages with academics, professionals and industry to promote the importance of cognition in hearing. Meeting were held during the BSA annual meeting, and a 'white paper' on listening effort published. Clinicians surveyed on their understanding of cognitive underpinning of hearing.

The group generated interest at the meeting. A 'white paper' on listening effort is being finalised, which will hopefully contribute to understanding in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014
 
Description Big Bang Science Fair, Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interaction with the general public, interactive demonstrations, engagement with children, raise awareness for hearing and hearing loss

personal contacts with the audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Bradford Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Visitors at the display played auditory games and demonstrations about hearing and hearing loss.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description British Association for Pediatricians in Audiology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented a talk about research using questionnaires. Some discussions about the problems of assessment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Broadmarsh stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hundreds of people participated in listening demos and conversations about hearing.

Excellent feedback from those attending who found the display informative and fun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Clinical Section Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Working on creating a website that will serve as an interface between the IHR - Nottingham Clinical Section and the public.

ongoing
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
 
Description Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact presented two studies. Introduced the students to the research we did and collected data from them
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Focus group for listening skills difficulties 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact 10 people joined focus group discussed problems of child. We also ended each session with a discussion of what we had learned from previous sessions and how our research was helping children with difficulties

parents formed a self help group. Wrote letters to us to thank us for our interesting sessions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description ISAAR 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact 4th International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research: Auditory plasticity - Listening with the brain. August 28-30 2013, Hotel Nyborg Strand, Denmark.
Amitay, S., Zhang, Y.-X., Jones, P.R., Halliday, L.F., & Moore, D.R. (2013). Auditory learning: Uncorking performance bottlenecks. (invited talk).
Amitay, S., Sohoglu, E., Füllgrabe, C., Molloy, K., & Moore D.R. (2013). Effects of training with amplitude modulated (AM) tones on tone-vocoded speech perception. (submitted poster)

Excellent feedback from attendees, both academics and audiologists
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.isaar.eu/?
 
Description IntoUniversity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact children and parents from an underprivileged area in Nottingham attended and learned about hearing and the brain.

Greater understanding of what research is about, with the hope children will be more inclined to enter university education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.intouniversity.org/
 
Description Invited speaker - British Society of Audiology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact 100 academics and health professionals attended the Special meeting.

The talk was about research to develop a questionnaire to support child assessment. We distributed leaflets about the final product. We had lots of email contacts afterwards asking for access to the questionnaire
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited speaker City University Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact gave seminar as part of university seminar programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Keynote presentation (Paediatric Audiology Interest Group (British Society of Audiology)) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Approx 200 participants at talk

http://thebsa.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29:paig&catid=19:paig&Itemid=27

The 2012 BSA PAIG Conference
17th May 2012 - Sheffield Hilton
"Hearing Function - Functional Hearing"
for Audiologists, Therapists, Teachers and Doctors


greater profile for work that we are doing. Clinicians approached asking to help in recruiting children to the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://thebsa.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29:paig&catid=19:paig&Itemid=27
 
Description LSDC Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Poster and discussion.

Met clinical researchers and received invitation for formal talk to clinicians and researchers at Sheffield University subsequent to meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Lecture to 110 hearing-aid technicians on the role of central auditory processing and cognition in speech perception. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Answering questions from the audience during and post presentation.

I was asked by the local media (specialist audiology Journal for Spain) to contribute to one of their issues
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Lecture to 70 hearing-aid audiologists on age-related deficits in auditory perception. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Interactive presentation eliciting questions and comments from the audience.

The organiser requested permission to put the powerpoint slides on the organisation's website. Possibility to give additional lectures in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description May Fest Nottingham University 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Assisted at the IHR stand for the Nottingham University Mayfest
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://nottingham.ac.uk/mayfest/index.aspx
 
Description Mentor for an intern on the Clinical Academic Internship programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Acted as a mentor for a clinical academic intern. Organised for him to meet researchers across the Nottingham hearing hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description NHS meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk with questions followed up by discussions with some interested participants subsequent to the meeting.

Paediatrician requested more information about our work and asked abut use of materials as part of his practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description National Speech & Language Therapy Conference in Deafness: Putting the Practical into Practice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster created lots of interest.

Clinicians agreed to help in recruiting participants. Invite to give a talk at the BAA Trent meeting in October. Invite to join meeting with clinicians and parents to discuss hearing loss management.
Networking with researcher in similar area resulting in an invitation to the researcher to come to Nottingham and give a talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Nottingham University Science Open Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact demonstrations, and explanations about hearing and hearing research

people contacted us about taking part in our studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation about assessment of children with listening difficulties 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation Keynote/Invited Speaker
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presentation to local group of SLTs in the Milton Keynes Area

Raised the profile of the work that we are doing among SLTs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation about the use of the ECLiPS in the clinic 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact MRC product (the ECLiPS) has been designed to help clinicians but they do not know how to interpret findings. We had a workshop to look at profiles from the ECLiPS and how to interpret and make decisions about referral.
Clinicians were really excited they felt the ECLiPS empowered them in their decisions about onward referral and also about how to manage those children they should be seeing. We discussed what sort of article should be written to help clinicians and also considered what kind of research we could do together going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation of research on APD to audiologists in Essex 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented findings of our work to clinicians who had helped us with recruitment. They were really pleased to see that their help had resulted in better understanding of some issues. They felt motivated to keep helping and asked us about more studies
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentations on auditory processing disorder to professional societies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact Have become one of the UK's leading authorities on auditory processing disorder and have participated in numerpous presentations to organisation including the British Academy of Audiology, the British Society of Audiology (BSA) and the American Academy of Audiology

Policy formulation for BSA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2006,2007,2008,2009,2010
 
Description Presenting the EPIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact development of a website explaining APD and our work to develop a scale to evaluate it.

Approached by overseas researchers looking for collaboration for translating the scale into other languages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Public-engagement talk at the French National Day of Hearing in Paris, France 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Audience questions were answered after the presentation.

General awareness of the topic
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description QMC stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Poster Presentation
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Many people, both from the general public and health professional stopped by the stand, listened to the hearing demos and had conversations with the team.

Feedback indicated the event was engaging and fun.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Seminar (Sheffield University) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Talk followed by lively discussion.

Contacted by clinicians in the audience asking for advice about how to design better studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Southampton Clinician training day 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk resulted in discussion and some inquiries about accessing the ECLiPS questionnaire.

Raised profile of IHR and resulted in more interest in the ECLiPS questionnaire.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Stemnet Discovery day (Chilwell school) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk about research in hearing. Some children said a career in research sounded interesting

Raised profile of hearing research among schools children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Summer Scientist Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tested children as part of the summer scientist. Spoke to parents about the research and why we were doing it. Had a parent ask about difficulties that she observed in her child.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/science/outreach-activity/summer-scientist-week/about-ssw.aspx
 
Description Talk to ENT about research in the Nottingham Clinical Section 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk resulting in discussion.

Clinicians keen to help in recruiting to our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Workshop (Paediatric Audiology Interest Group (British Society of Audiology)) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Type Of Presentation Workshop Facilitator
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Health professionals
Results and Impact approx 80 participants. Lots of input which broadened my understanding about key issues for clinicians.

The 2012 BSA PAIG Conference
17th May 2012 - Sheffield Hilton
"Hearing Function - Functional Hearing" for Audiologists, Therapists, Teachers and Doctors
http://thebsa.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29:paig&catid=19:paig&Itemid=27

Two groups asked to join the study and help with recruitment. Through them we have accessed more children for the study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Workshop on APD in Leipzig 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented work that am currently doing. This formed the basis for discussion about establishing research into teenagers with APD in Leipzig. Was invited to collaborate on this project and interest was expressed in translating the ECLiPS into German.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description leaflet 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact a leaflet publicizing our work

raised profile of the MRC IHR in the East Midlands area
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description school radio talk show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact five children interviewed us about life as a scientist and why we became scientists.

we were broadcast on radio and received a thank you letter for providing interesting view of science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010
 
Description summer scientist event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 300 parents attended event and learned about auditory processing disorder. Hundreds of children each year took part in scientific activities.

50 parent agreed to take part in our study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010,2011,2012,2013,2014