Dr Melanie Ferguson

Consultant Clinical Scientist (audiology), Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences, Research Lead (Mild-to-moderate hearing loss).

Mel is a Consultant Clinical Scientist (Audiology), Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences and one of the research leads at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. Her research programme on mild-to-moderate hearing loss focuses on exploring ways to make things easier for hearing aid users and developing other ways of improving support for people with hearing loss.  The overall aim of the research is to enhance listening and communication abilities to overcome the impact of hearing loss.
Mel was head of the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR) Clinical Section in Nottingham until April 2009. Her research there included early adult hearing screening and evaluation of the modernisation of hearing aid services programme. Mel’s most recent research at MRC IHR was on auditory development in primary school-aged children, specifically characterising the nature of auditory processing disorder.
Mel has a long track record in audiology professional affairs with both the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and British Society of Audiology (BSA), and has been closely involved in the development of training and education for audiologists for many years.  Mel has been Chair of the BSA Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group, immediate past chair of the BAA Higher Training committee, and member of the Ida Institute Research Committee. She is currently the Vice-chair for the British Society of Audiology, member of the American Academy of Audiology Strategic Documents committee, associate editor for the IJA, and is a full member of the NICE Guidelines Committee for Hearing Loss.

Expertise summary

Mel has expertise in translational research in adult habilitation for people with hearing loss and auditory processing disorders, including successful delivery of multi-centre studies and RCTs. Her current research interests and expertise are  (i) e-health and self-management, (ii) listening and cognition, and (iii) listening devices, which are underpinned by health behaviour, patient-centred approaches and outcome measures.. She has experience in using a wide range of outcome measures to evaluate research in areas of self-report of hearing difficulty and participation, speech intelligibility and cognition.


Click here to view a list of Mel Ferguson's publications.