Habilitation (support) for hearing loss
There are about 11 million people in the UK with permanent hearing loss, representing a significant burden of disease. Age-related hearing loss affects over 42 percent of people aged over 50. It affects their personal, social and working lives. Hearing loss is a poorly recognised sensory impairment that can cause barriers to everyday interpersonal communication, which can reduce quality of life.
This research area aims to overcome some of these barriers by integrating scientific principles of brain plasticity, learning theory, health behaviour change and patient-centred care to support people with hearing loss and those who wear hearing aids.
Our research directly engages both clinical professionals and patients. Our overall aim is to find clinical strategies for overcoming loss of social activity and participation caused by difficulties in hearing. We are evaluating novel technological and patient-centred interventions using randomised controlled trials targeting those groups most affected. Our goals focus on enhancing patients’ engagement and compliance with their treatment so that it will give them maximum benefit.
Our research can be summarised in the schematic below. There are three primary themes, (i) Listening and cognition, (ii) Self-management and telehealth, and (iii) Patient-centred care, which are all underpinned by secondary themes, and include identifying optimal delivery methods, health behaviour-change, and appropriate outcome measures.
C2Hear Team WINNER Research Impact of the Year Award, Nottingham University NHS Trust Honours
- First prize for the overall best podium presentation awarded to Eithne Heffernan at the 33rd World Congress of Audiology 2016, Vancouver Canada.
- David Maidment: Building Experience and Skill Travel Scholarship (BESTS) (£1,992); The University of Nottingham's Graduate School Travel Prize (£465); School of Medicine Research Committee Travel and Conference Funding (£600); Guarantors of Brain Travel Grant (£800).
- Eithne Heffernan: The University of Nottingham's Graduate School Travel Prize (£240).
Ear and Hearing Editors’ Award
- Eithne Heffernan: Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) Domestic Conference Bursary (£100); The University of Nottingham School of Medicine Doctoral Programmes Committee Travel Prize (£300); PsyPAG Study Visit Bursary (£200).
2013 and 2014
Medipex NHS Innovation award finalists
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.