Hearing Acoustics

Group co-ordinator(s)

Dr. Christian Sumner
Nottingham Trent University

Introduction

The principal function of the Special Interest Group for Hearing (SIG-HEARING) is to bring together researchers to provide a forum for researchers, engineers and policy makers to explore problems and identify research challenges, related to that area of acoustics related specifically to hearing.

Hearing research is a broad field, encompassing areas such as sound recognition, localisation, auditory scene analysis, speech perception and the problems of hearing impairment. It is a multidisciplinary field comprising psychologists, neuroscientists, engineers and clinicians, who study the system at all levels from individual cells to perception, and the associated health problems.

The aim of the SIG is to bring the community is to bring researchers in academia from within the field of hearing, together with the wider field of acoustics and in industry. We hope to foster links, establish priorities and encourage partnerships which enable us to tackle important problems in the field.

Challenges

One in six adults in the UK suffers from hearing loss, affecting on quality of life, mental health, and cognition. The true disability of hearing loss is communication difficulty in complex acoustic environments: solving “the cocktail party problem”. Current hearing prostheses (hearing aids, cochlear implants) address the loss of sensitivity to quiet sounds, but do not restore normal communication ability. It is not known why. The decline of cochlea function with age is accompanied by widespread changes to the brain, which may well also contribute to communication problems. The complexity and comorbidity of these changes makes them difficult to study.

Unpacking these issues and developing technologies to address them and to improve are the grand challenges facing the field if we are to improve human communication in old age, and the standard of living for those suffering.

Objectives

The objectives of the SIG are to: i. Foster joined-up thinking and discussion in the hearing research community in the UK; ii. To raise the profile of hearing research in the field of acoustics, and to highlight its strategic value to national funding agencies and UK government. iii. To provide a platform for two-way communication between experts within hearing, the larger acoustics community and industry. iv. To nurture broad collaboration and major bids for funding.

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Dr Anoop Akkoorath Mana
Indian Institute of Technology Palakkad

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Mr. Alexander Dickschen
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP

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Professor Andrew Hugill
University of Leicester

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Ms Anna Pugh
Hearing Therapy

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Dr Antje Heinrich
University of Manchester

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Dr Amy Beeston
Self-employed (sound art/audio research)

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Mr Bradley Bishop
Warwick Acoustics

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Dr Christopher Gribben
Meridian Audio Ltd

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Mr Chris Chittock
Dragonfly Consulting / Leeds Beckett Univeristy

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Dr Chris Sumner
Nottingham Trent University

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Mr Cian Jones
AECOM

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C&N Acoustics

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Mr Connor Magennis
KSG Acoustics

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Dr Dan Goodman
Imperial College London

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Dr Emma Greenland
Anderson Acoustics

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Dr Enzo De Sena
University of Surrey

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Dr Gordon Hunter
Kingston University

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Dr Tobias Goehring
MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge

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Mr John Greenough
MoD

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Professor Helen Cullington
University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service

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Dr Helen Henshaw
NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, University of Nottingham

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Dr Ian Winter
University of Cambridge

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Dr John D'Arcy
Queen's University Belfast

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Dr Joseph Sollini
The University of Nottingham

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Mr James Ambrose
Meridian Audio

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Mr Jitesh Sahoo
Tata Memorial Hospital

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Mr Joel Ebenezer Job
University of Salford

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Mr Jonathan Seiffert
noise.co.uk

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Mx Kat Young
University of York

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Dr Karolina Kluk
The University of Manchester/ Manchester Centre for Audiology and Deafness (ManCAD)

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Ms Kyla Yamsuan
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust

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Professor Leslie Smith
University of Stirling

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Miss Lara Díaz García
University of Strathclyde

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Dr Laurence Hobden
Meridian Audio Ltd

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Prof Nicholas Lesica
UCL Ear Institute

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Mrs Yuqing Li
Leibniz University Hannover

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Mr Mike Highfield
Somerset County Council

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Miss María Lachgar
King's College London

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Ms Martha Pace
University College London

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Mr Mungo Aitken
University of Cambridge

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Dr Martine Hamann
University of Leicester

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Mr Mirusanthan Santhiyapillai
Cambridge University Hospital

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PRofessor Manohar Bance
University of cambridge

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Miss Naomi Tansey
Dyson

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Mr Neil Allso
Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd.

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Olympia Simantiraki
University of the Basque Country

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Dr Padraig Kitterick
University of Nottingham

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Mr. Diogo Pereira
Solent University

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Mr Rory Stocks
University of Salford

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Mr Richard Grove
Building Design Partnership

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Riccardo Marrocchio
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

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Dr Simone Graetzer
University of Salford

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Dr Sue Anne Zollinger
Manchester Metropolitan University

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Miss Salma Anabtawi
University of Southampton

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Mr. Sebastian Duran
Solent Southampton University

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Ms. Shri Rajalaxmi
Dr. M.V. Shetty College of Speech and Hearing, Mangalore

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Prof Timothy Griffiths
Newcastle University

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Dr Wendy Lecluyse
University of Suffolk

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Dr Ying Ye
University of Southampton

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Ms Yvonne Allen
Children First Northamptonshire

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Mr Gwan young Youn
Arup

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Mr Zubeir Ebrahim Saib
University of Bristol

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Mr Ziwei Song
University of Liverpool

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