Our facilities

 

We are situated in the centre of the city, next to but separate from Nottingham Audiology Services. We are well equipped for many different kinds of hearing assessments and provide a comfortable, welcoming and quiet environment for participants. Our testing suite includes two large sound-insulated booths, three quiet testing rooms and a dedicated, child-friendly room equipped for work with children and their families.

Our sound-insulated booths are fully equipped for clinical and experimental assessments of human hearing. We can assess different parts of the ear using high-frequency audiometry, tympanometry, and otoscopy assessments. We also have specialised equipment for conducting tests that are not part of routine audiology practice, such as characterising the psychoacoustic properties of tinnitus, measuring selective attention and working memory and general cognitive performance.

Some of our research programmes combine behavioural (performance) measures with physiological measures that capture the underlying pattern of brain activity. To do this we have several neuroimaging systems for measuring the brain’s response to sound, and other sensory stimuli, including a 64-channel electroencephalography (EEG) system. Doug Hartley and his team have a 24-channel near-infrared-spectroscopy system that is fully compatible with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). This enables simultaneous data acquisition across both types of neuroimaging system.

 

Early phase Clinical research infrastructure

Clinical research in Hearing is supported by:

World-leading laboratory facilities

Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre

Substantial government investment has created a new translational imaging bringing together scientists developing new medical imaging techniques with the clinicians and scientists who use them

This provides:

Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR)

Professor Michael Akeroyd and his team have created a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities supporting a diverse range of hearing science.

In particular NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU’s cochlear implantation programme is supported by dedicated facilities at the MRC IHR, including a bespoke sound system which simulates realistic listening in three-dimensional space. This unique set up is housed in an echo-free room within the School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham. By playing artificial reflections of the sound from loudspeakers we can simulate arbitrary rooms, and place the listener from one moment to another in a different room without even getting up from the chair. Recently, the facility has been extended to enable video projection and motion tracking technology for studying people’s ability to localise sounds in the environment.