Dr Melanie Ferguson

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

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, and thus reduce activity and participation limitations in people with 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.  She is currently the Chair of the BSA Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group, immediate past chair of the BAA Higher Training committee, and lead examiner for the Research methods module. She is a member of the American Academy of Audiology Strategic Documents Committee and the Ida Institute Research Committee, and associate editor for the International Journal of Audiology. Mel is the NIHR Lead Advocate for Audiology and a full member of the NICE Guidelines Committee on 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 specifically: auditory training to enhance listening abilities; development of multimedia ehealth interventions to improve hearing-aid benefit and communication strategies in people with hearing loss; and the use of health behaviour change to enhance patient-centred care. 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.


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