Mild-to-moderate hearing loss

There are about 11 million people in the UK with permanent hearing loss. Mild-to-moderate hearing loss is a long-term, chronic health condition, comprising the majority (92%) of adults with hearing loss. There is no current ‘cure’ for hearing loss, which can affect every aspect of people’s personal, social and working lives. Untreated hearing loss can increase the risk of developing other health conditions, including depression and dementia. Hearing aids are the most common management for hearing loss, but uptake is poor. It is clear that hearing aids alone are not an optimal solution and other self-management options are necessary.

The overall aim of our research is to promote hearing health and improve the quality of life for adults with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. This is achieved through the development of new knowledge and clinical strategies that overcome listening and social participation difficulties arising from hearing loss. We are evaluating novel technological and patient-centred interventions that give maximum benefit to those who experience hearing loss. We are also working to identify the most important outcomes for hearing loss interventions and how best to measure them.

Our research team has strong collaborative links with experts in eHealth, mental health and health psychology. We also directly engage patients, clinicians and policymakers in all the work that we do. Our research brings together different scientific areas, see figure below. There are three primary themes: (i) eHealth and self-management, (ii) Outcome measurement, and (iii) Listening and cognition. These themes are underpinned by core principles, including the identification of optimal delivery methods, health behaviour-change, and patient-centred approaches.

Mild to Moderate Hearing loss strategy graphic

Projects we are working on

eHealth & Self-Management:

Outcome measurement:

Listening & Cognition:

Awards

2016

C2Hear Team WINNER Research Impact of the Year Award, Nottingham University NHS Trust Honours

Presentation Awards

Travel Prizes

2015

Ear and Hearing Editors’ Award

Travel Prizes

2013 and 2014

Medipex NHS Innovation award finalists

2012

The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) Team of the year


From left: Leena Kapilla, Michael Taylor, Alissa Baguely, Karenbir Bath, Melanie Ferguson, Joanne Rowe, Marien Brandreth, William Brassington, Helen Henshaw, James Henderson, Heather Wharrad, Holly Thomas, Helen Bastow, Annie Jones.