Impact Case Study prize

Each year the University of Nottingham School of Medicine runs a competition to identify the most promising impact case studies from research conducted with the school. This year Dr Mel Ferguson, who leads the Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss group, was awarded one of three Impact Case Study prizes. The case focussed on C2Hear Online, a freely-available multimedia ehealth programme developed for and with input from first-time hearing aid users. Benefits include improved knowledge, self-efficacy, confidence and handling of hearing aids and communication, reduced anxiety, and greater hearing aid use and satisfaction.

C2Hear Online has obtained national and international reach for clinical and research impact, with over 85,000 online views to date (average >7000/month). C2Hear Online is used in >30 NHS audiology clinics. A newly-formed collaboration with the NIHR East Midlands Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (EM-CLAHRC) aims to implement C2Hear Online across the NHS. C2Hear has been translated into US English for a large NIH-funded study, and into Chinese.

£1.5k prize money has been awarded to enhance the quality of the impact. This will be used to deliver C2Hear Online packs to all UK NHS Audiology services to maximise the clinical impact amongst the 400,000 patients who seek help for hearing loss each year.

In November 2016, C2Hear Online won the NUH Honours Research Impact of the Year. Collaborators include Prof Heather Wharrad (University of Nottingham), Prof Neil Coulson (University of Nottingham), Will Brassington (Nottingham Audiology Service), Dr Donna Richardson (EM-CLAHRC).

Mel Ferguson with her award certificate  C2HearOnline logo