Dr Derek Hoare

Derek Hoare

Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences, Research Lead (Tinnitus and Hyperacusis)

Dr Hoare is an Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences and Research Lead for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.

Derek trained as a nurse at the University of Brighton before moving to the University of Manchester where he completed a BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, a Master of Research in Biological Sciences, and finally a PhD in Sensory Neuroscience. His PhD sought to understand how olfactory sensory information is processed at the level of the single olfactory nerve cells and simple neural systems in an insect model, using a combination of genetic, electrophysiology, and behavioural techniques. This work led to a particular interest in understanding the abnormal perception of 'phantom' sensations such as tinnitus, and how such sensations might be modulated by experience.

As well as being an active researcher, Derek is currently vice-chair of the British Tinnitus Association’s Professional Advisory Committee and acts as a media spokesperson on behalf of the charity.

Expertise Summary

Derek's experience and expertise in healthcare and sensory neuroscience meet in his current role to support a broad research programme.  His on-going work includes exploring new treatments and looking at how to maximise the benefits of current NHS management options.  He is working with patients and partners from across Europe to improve knowledge and how to treat tinnitus and hyperacusis.  He has expertise in trial design and the evaluation of standard and commercial tinnitus therapies through high level clinical trials. He also has expertise in the qualitative and quantitative methodologies used in health service evaluation and in systematic reviews.