PhD studentship Comparative outcomes in children with and without access to cochlear implantation

Closing date: 05 February 2018
Department: Severe to profound hearing loss
Salary: £15,000 per annum

Supervisor : Dr Pádraig Kitterick [padraig.kitterick@nottingham.ac.uk]

Funding status: National Institute for Health Research. Tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum. All fees paid for Home/EU students.

Application deadline: 5th February 2018

Project title: Comparative outcomes in children with and without access to cochlear implantation

Project description:
The cochlear implant is a hugely successful medical technology that can provide a useful form of hearing in individuals with severe-profound hearing loss. In the UK, children must have a hearing loss of a severe-profound degree, must not get sufficient benefit from their hearing aids, and must also have delayed language development as assessed using age-appropriate tests to be eligible for cochlear implantation. Research has suggested that at least some of these children may have poorer outcomes in terms of language development and listening skills than children with more profound hearing loss who can currently access cochlear implants.

This PhD project aims to assess the listening, language, and educational outcomes of children who have severe hearing loss and to compare those outcomes to similar measures obtained from implanted children. The objectives will include obtaining these outcomes, determining how the likely severely-impaired children are to benefit from cochlear implants, and to assess the attitudes of their parents towards cochlear implantation. The project will involve interacting with providers of audiology and cochlear implant services to identify and recruit children with and without access to cochlear implants.

The successful applicant will join a vibrant research group and benefit from strong supervisory and peer support.

Subject area:
Medicine, deafness, audiology, cochlear implantation, speech perception, speech and language development

Funding notes:
You should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent), or an MSc/MA, in psychology, audiology or other relevant scientific discipline. Experience of conducting human experimental studies, working with children, and working with children who have hearing problems will be of particular advantage. You will have excellent communication and team-working skills, be self-driven and highly motivated. You should also be eligible to apply for relevant research clearances that will be required including a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

References:
Applications should include a CV and covering letter including the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addressed of two referees including at least one academic referee. Application should be sent to derek.hoare@nottingham.ac.uk

Additional enquiries:
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Padraig Kitterick, tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2626 or email: padraig.kitterick@nottingham.ac.uk