NIHR | Manchester Biomedical Research Centre
Our Research: Hearing Health

Developing engineering solutions

Can a combination of new engineering solutions and personalised fitting methods help improve hearing device outcomes?

Currently there are issues with both hearing aids often being mismatched to a patient’s residual hearing ability and incorrect placement of prosthetic implantable microphones in the ear canal. This leads to both poor outcomes and a poor experience for the patient.

By developing objective measures of cochlear and auditory neural deficits, we will provide personalised fitting to ensure a better chance of improved hearing.

We plan to:

  • Optimise use of hearing aids by defining both cognitive and speed of auditory processing in complex environments to personalise hearing aids to improve outcomes
  • Work with the National Graphene Institute to design a graphene microphone suitable for implantation in the ear drum
  • Create time-efficient measures using single electrode recording and dynamic embedding for fitting of cochlear implants
  • Work with industry to develop testing and evaluation for new technologies in real world listening environments
  • We will develop a Hearing Device Research Centre to take forward basic and translational research, often in partnership with our industrial collaborators.