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Derek Hoare

Associate Professor in Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workNIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre
    Ropewalk House
    113 The Ropewalk
    NG1 5DU
  • work0115 82 32630


Derek is a Senior Research Fellow managing a programme of translational research on tinnitus etiology and management. Derek trained as a nurse at the University of Brighton before moving to The University of Manchester where he completed a BSc (Hons) Neuroscience, a Master of Research in Biological Sciences, and finally a PhD in sensory Neuroscience. His PhD sought to understand how olfactory sensory information is processed at the level of the single olfactory nerve cells and simple neural systems in an insect model, using a combination of genetic, electrophysiology, and behavioural techniques. This work lead to a particular interest in understanding the abnormal perception of 'phantom' sensations such as tinnitus , and how such sensations might be modulated by experience. As well as being an active researcher Derek is currently vice-chair of the British Tinnitus Associations Professional Advisory Committee and acts as a media spokesperson on behalf of the charity.

Expertise Summary

Derek's experience and expertise in healthcare and sensory neuroscience meet in his current role to support a programme of research with six mutually supporting strands:

  • Health service research: Exploring clinical practice and healthcare service provision in the NHS.
  • Systematic reviews: Timely evaluation of the evidence base for tinnitus management strategies.
  • Evaluating measures of tinnitus: looking at ways to optimise how tinnitus is diagnosed and measured in both experimental and clinical settings.
  • Defining therapeutic targets: Assessing the consequences of tinnitus on cognitive function as a potential route for future tinnitus management options.
  • Developing novel interventions: designing and evaluating regimes of auditory training that may be used in the management of tinnitus.
  • Evaluating standard and commercial therapies: Designing and conducting independent clinical trials to test NHS and commercial approaches to tinnitus management.

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