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.