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Our Research: Hearing Health

Hearing Device Research Centre

Did you know the NHS spends approximately £80 million a year on hearing aids alone?

The NHS buys one million hearing aids every year.

Hearing devices (which include hearing aids) are the primary treatment for hearing loss.

Manchester BRC has established the UK’s only Hearing Device Research Centre (HDRC) to drive innovation in interventions for hearing loss and to accelerate the translation of new hearing technologies into the NHS.

The HDRC will and support the evaluation of all NHS devices to 2022.

This will drive health improvement for all by:

  • Shortening time to clinical delivery
  • Ensuring continuous management and monitoring of hearing technologies to provide the best patient outcomes


Diagram showing links between devices, healthcare professionals and patients

Our expertise

Through our partnerships and collaborations with the University of Manchester, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, professional bodies and charities, the HDRC offers industry access to a world class multi-disciplinary team whose extensive portfolio includes:

  • audiology
  • health informatics
  • hearing science
  • implants
  • acoustics
  • health psychology
  • auditory perception
  • graphene
  • signal processing

Working with industry

Our wealth of experience includes:


1.    The design and delivery of fundamental audiology technologies which are in clinical use today:

  • NAL-NLII  aimed at making speech intelligible and overall loudness comfortable.
  • CAM2 a method of fitting automatic gain control based on the audiogram of the user.
  • TEN (threshold-equalizing noise) test for diagnosing dead regions – designed to be quick and easy to administer and therefore suitable for use in clinical practice.

2.    Key involvement in shaping NICE clinical guidelines on hearing loss.


Our world-leading researchers can work with you to develop experimental protocols purpose-designed to quantify the benefits of new technology.

Contact our business engagement and contracts team manager Cath Wright.

Email: cath.wright@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 3440

Watch our Manchester BRC animation for industry

Our facilities


  • 24 channel loudspeaker ring
  • State-of- the-art paediatric and adult audiology booths
  • Clinical support and expertise of NIHR Manchester Clinical Research Facility
  • The UK’s largest children’s audiology and otology centre via Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
  • Research volunteer database



We offer PhD opportunities funded by industry. Current opportunities include:

  • Fitting and intervention models for delivery of “over-the-counter” style hearing aids for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
  • Benefit of bilateral compared to unilateral fitting of hearing aids.
  • Devices tailored to use in patients with dementia.

Find out about NIHR Manchester BRC opportunities in research audiology

Our research audiologists share why they would encourage others to take up this opportunity.

There’s no better place than Manchester, the birthplace of audiology in the UK, and still the biggest trainer of clinicians in the UK; to house the hearing device research centre. It is a natural place to examine the complex relationships between patients, clinicians and devices.

Harvey Dillon Hearing Device Research Centre