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Research Interests

My work examines the psychosocial   influences of chronic hearing conditions. This extends from individual level   responses (modelling coping) to institutional and cultural influences on   hearing services (for example in residential care settings). My work in shared decision making in Audiology has been internationally recognised and my group have produced Decision Aids to support decision making in hearing care and tinnitus care.

Teaching Activity

I teach accross undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Audiology at Aston. I am the Programme Director for the Hearing Therapy suite of postgraduate programmes.

PhD Supervision

I am supervising projects in the experience of hearing loss in social contexts. In particular:

Nisha Dhanda- Principle Supervisor

Exploring the relationship between social isolation, hearing loss and dementia in a residential care setting.

Aleema Rahman - Associate Supervisor

The prevalence, impact and support needs of families and children with long-term otitis

media with effusion and hearing loss


I am the Programme Director for the Doctor of Hearing Therapy  Professional Doctorate programme.

Membership of Professional Bodies

I am a member of the British Acadamy of Audiology & British Society of Audiology.

I contribute to the Academic partnership between Aston University and the IDA Institute in Denmark.

I am registered as a Hearing Therapist with the RCCP


I have recently held roles as a Trustee of the British Society of Audiology and a Professional Advisory Committee member for the British Tinnitus Association.

Contact Details

Room:  VS117
Tel:  0121 204 4131 


Senior Lecturer in Audiology, Aston University 2014-present

Panel member NIHR Pre Doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowship panel - present

Supervisor West Midlands Clinical Academic Internship Programme (NIHR) -present

Visiting Teaching Fellow University of Manchester 2013- present

Visiting teaching Fellow  University College Cork 2017-9

Hearing Therapy research consultant - BathNES, Virgin Care and Health 2014- present

External advisor – University of Southampton-2016-2017

External reviewer- Audiology programmes. University College Cork-2017-2018.

External examiner- Queen Margaret University- 2017-2021

Specialist Hearing Therapist  - Sirona care and Health 1994-2014 (0.2)

Senior lecturer University of Bristol 2012-2014 (0.8)

Lecturer University of Bristol 2002-2012 (0.5)

Specialist Hearing Therapist 1999-2002 Adult learning disability, East Wilts NHS Community Trust.

Teaching Fellow 1996-1999 City Literary Institute, London

Specialist Hearing Therapist 1994-1996 Cognitive & neurological disorders, Care of the Elderly service, UHBristol NHS Trust (0.4) 

Specialist Hearing Therapist 1994-1997 Learning Disabilities & DeafBlindness Poolemead Centre, Bath (0.5)

Hearing Therapist 1991-1994 Acquired adult hearing loss, cochlear implant & tinnitus Royal Ear Hospital, Middlesex Hospital, London

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, What determines help-seeking in King-Kopetzky syndrome? , University of Bath

Award Date: 1 Jun 2009

MSc, Evidence based healthcare, University of Oxford

Award Date: 26 Apr 2002

PG Cert, Hearing Therapy, City Literary Institute

Award Date: 31 Jul 1991

BA, Humanities, University of the West of England

Award Date: 31 Jul 1990

External positions

Academic Supervisor, NIHR Clinical Academic Internship Programme

2018 → …

Teaching Fellow, University College Cork

2017 → …

External Examiner, Speech and Hearing Sciences, Queen Margaret University

2016 → …

Visiting Fellow, University of Manchester

2014 → …

Specialist Hearing Therapist, St. Martins Hospital

1994 → …


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