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Robert Pierzycki

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Dr Pierzycki is a Research Fellow at the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre conducting research into management of severe-to-profound hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears or head).

Robert received MSc in Physics in 2001 from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan, Poland). He then joined the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) as a European Commission's Marie Curie Fellow, and in 2007 obtained his PhD from the University of Southampton. He subsequently moved to Nottingham where he held post-doctoral fellowships at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Institute of Hearing Research and the NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit.

Expertise Summary

Robert's research focuses on studying the effects of severe hearing loss on a person's communication and wellbeing and on how these effects can be managed by restoring useful aspects of hearing with devices such as the cochlear implant. More recently he has been investigating ways of alleviating tinnitus and related symptoms (e.g. anxiety, difficulties with sleep) in people with severe hearing loss. Robert has expertise in different experimental techniques such as computer-controlled electric stimulation of the hearing nerve through a cochlear implant, simulations of the loss of information associated with hearing loss (e.g. vocoders), and non-invasively monitoring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG).

Research Summary

management of tinnitus in severe-to-profound hearing loss and cochlear implant hearing; clinical procedures for programming of cochlear implants; impact of asymmetric hearing loss on… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

  • management of tinnitus in severe-to-profound hearing loss and cochlear implant hearing;
  • clinical procedures for programming of cochlear implants;
  • impact of asymmetric hearing loss on wellbeing;
  • speech perception in healthy and cochlear implant hearing;

Past Research

  • causes and management of tinnitus;
  • neural mechanisms of tinnitus;
  • epidemiology of hearing loss;
  • temporal masking in cochlear implant hearing;
  • sound coding strategies for cochlear implants;
  • comodulation masking release;
  • spectro-temporal processing of sounds in healthy and cochlear implant hearing;

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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