Hearing Sciences

Hearing Sciences 

Improving hearing - changing lives

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For many people hearing is their most relied-upon sense to connect with other people. Yet hearing disorders (including hearing loss, tinnitus, hyperacusis, ototoxicity) affect 20% of the population, and cause direct difficulties in every aspect of hearing, listening, conversing and being aware of the environment through sound. Hearing disorders are also associated with increased risks of social isolation, depression, dementia, and reduced quality of life. Our mission is to deliver research-led innovations that can change these effects and lead to improvements in daily living for people who have hearing-related problems.

Nottingham has been at the centre of hearing and tinnitus research in the UK for over 45 years. We use insights generated from the lived experience of people and the clinic to guide the basic science that we do. We study how the auditory system works, how and why it can go wrong, and what we can do to help those with problems by technology or treatment strategies. We are based in Nottingham and Glasgow – including a university campus, a large research-active NHS audiology centre and auditory implant programme, and two teaching hospitals. We are a core theme of the Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and also hold major grants or fellowships from NIHR, UKRI (MRC, EPSRC), and industry. We also teach on undergraduate degrees and offer CPD masterclasses.

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Medical Research Foundation Launchpad grants in Hearing Research

The Medical Research Foundation is delighted to announce £500,000 funding for researchers seeking to progress in the field of Hearing Research. Applicants must be already based at (or will relocate to) Hearing Sciences at the University of Nottingham, including the Scottish Section. Applicants may apply for up to £100,000 to support their research, over a maximum of an 18-month period. For further details click here.

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Hearing Sciences

Mental Health & Clinical Neuroscience
School of Medicine
University of Nottingham
Medical School, QMC
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

telephone: University Park +44 (0) 115 74 86900
Ropewalk House +44 (0) 115 82 32600
Glasgow +44 (0) 141 242 9665
email: hearing-research@nottingham.ac.uk