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Graham Naylor

Professor of Hearing Sciences, Section Director, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences



Since 1st October 2015, I have been Director of the Scottish Section of Hearing Sciences (formerly the MRC/CSO Institute of Hearing Research) in Glasgow. I lead the section's research programme in the areas of hearing disability and hearing aids, with projects seeking to understand real-life auditory behaviour, improve methods of assessing disability and intervention benefit, and propose innovative solutions for hearing problems.

Prior to 2015, I worked for 20+ years in research in the Danish hearing-aid industry, including from 2000-2013 as Director of Oticon's Eriksholm Research Centre. Here I directed numerous research projects which have impacted the wider field of hearing-aid R&D.

Expertise Summary

Hearing impairment: psychoacoustics, disability, intervention, rehabilitation.

Communication behaviour, clinical processes in hearing device interventions.

Cognitive hearing science: Effort, Fatigue.

Hearing aids: design, evaluation, innovation.

Methodologies: Psychophysics, self-report, field trials, ecological momentary assessment (EMA), mathematical modelling, placebo, big data, motion tracking, eye tracking, pupillometry.

Research Summary

Description of real-world auditory ecology via self-report, objective measurement and momentary assessment.

Use of large-scale hearing health service delivery data for research; pitfalls and potential.

Predictors of long-term persistence with hearing aids - general health, cognitive decline, treatment pathway, comorbidities, audiometric configuration.

Micro-behaviours during conversation in challenging acoustic conditions: what do they tell us about hearing problems and potential solutions?

Theory and methodologies for studying interactive hearing-related performance and behaviours - beyond the passive listening scenario.

Modelling the transformation of hearing (perceptual) challenge into psychosocial consequences via cognitive and behavioural processes.

Recent Publications

Hearing Sciences - Scottish Section

Past Research

Interactions between cognitive function, listening performance and hearing-aid signal processing algorithms.

Computer modelling of room acoustics.

Individual differences in hearing disability; diagnosis and stratified treatment.

Hearing-aid fitting procedures; pathways to optimal results.

Do hearing aids alleviate fatigue in the hearing-impaired ?

Evaluation of listening effort and hearing-loss related fatigue via pupillometry

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