NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre  Feb 2020

Dr Robert Pierzycki is recruiting cochlear implant users to participate in research to evaluate the reliability of the new speech test (AB word) that has replaced the BKB sentence test in the revised NICE criteria for receiving a cochlear implant.
If you are suitable to take part you will be invited to Nottingham where you will be asked to listen to repeat words a sentences while being recorded.
The tests will last about a hour.You will be paid an inconvenience allowance of £7.50 per hour and travel expenses up to £15.

More details of the study are given here.
If you feel you would like to take part you can find out more by emailing

NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre  July 2020

Rebecca Dewey is  conducting a survey of cochlear implant users in a study which has been approved by Research Ethics Committee (19/LO/1724).
Anyone with a Cochlear Implant please complete this survey
Any questions, please drop me a line at
I really appreciate your help, thank you so much!!

University of York July 2020

I am Jerome, a 1st-year Film and Television Production undergraduate from the University of York, and I am doing a research project on
‘Conveying emotions through visual means in films for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences’ as part of the Laidlaw Scholarship Programme.
Modern screen entertainment has been relying heavily on sounds to tell stories and although many platforms now include subtitles and closed-captions.
I think more can be done so that individuals with hearing loss can have a more immersive and emotional-engaging filmgoing experience.
I hope this project contributes to the improvement of the film and TV industry in producing accessible content.
Before writing the script and producing a short film, I think it is important to understand the needs and wants of my target audience so I designed a survey..

The survey aims to collect responses from individuals with hearing loss to understand the challenges they face when watching films and television, and what changes they would like to see in that area.
The survey consists of 10 questions and will take about 10 minutes of the participant’s time and can be viewed at

University of Cambridge Sept 2020

Dr Bob Carlyon and Dr John Deeks of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge ( are recruiting adult Cochlear and Advanced Bionics users to further their research aims to understand the reasons why hearing through a cochlear implant is not perfect, and to find ways of improving it in the future. They have been researching cochlear implant listening for more than 15 years, and present their findings in journals and conferences every year. They say:

If you are willing to help, we will ask you to visit our research Unit at the University of Cambridge. There is plenty of on-site parking, and we are a short taxi ride from the train station. Visits last for about three hours, with plenty of breaks. We will play sounds through your implant, using our own speech processor, and ask you either just to listen, or to make judgements about pitch or loudness.
To compensate for your participation, we will pay your travel costs (car mileage, train tickets), plus a contribution for your time with us at the Unit.

The CBU fully implements government-recommended safety procedures to protect staff and participants from Covid 19.

If you would like to take part or would like to know more about our research, please contact Dr John Deeks

NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre  Oct 2020

Rachel Lawrence, an ENT Registrar, is currently performing a PhD funded by the Medical Research Council at The NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Centre. Her PhD aims to examine the relationship between executive function and speech and language outcomes in bilateral CI users.She has set up a parental questionnaire-based study that parents of 4-6 year old children with CIs can complete from home.
The study involves parents completing a questionnaire on executive function (Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Function – BRIEF) and communication ability (Dorothy Bishop’s Children’s Communication Checklist – CCC-2). Details of the survey and contact details can be seen here.

NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre  Oct 2020

Dr Jammy Stacey is looking to recruit a mixture of people for a new online study.
Please see information sheet for more details.

He is looking for both people with normal hearing, and people with hearing impairments. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  1. Healthy adult volunteers (aged 18 – no upper age limit)
  2. Participants can have a hearing loss
  3. Participants can have mild tinnitus (ie does not cause distress)
  4. Persons with Single-sided deafness are eligible
  5. Persons with a Cochlear Implant are eligible
  6. Persons with Normal hearing are eligible
  7. native speakers of English
  8. normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  9. no motor or cognitive impairments.
  10. Must have access to a laptop or PC with a webcam and be comfortable using this equipment

If you feel you are eligible and would like to take part please contact Jermaine Stacey on
Please also do not hesitate to contact Jermaine if you have any questions about the study.

NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre  Oct 2020

A new study has just been launched looking at the health of the cochlea (the hearing organ in the inner ear) in cochlear implant listeners using an electronic tablet.
This important work is required to help design and evaluate future research looking at exciting new ways to restore hearing.

We are looking for adults aged 25-75 years who have a single cochlear implant (from 2003 or later) from Advanced Bionics as the technology we are using is only compatible with Advanced Bionics devices.
If you wear a hearing aid on the other side, that is absolutely fine and you can still take part.
The study can be completed from the comfort of your home with no face-to-face contact required (other than a hearing test which will be performed in the future once it is safe to do so) as we will use online instructions and video/phone calls to show volunteers how to use the electronic tablet to take their own measurements at home and we will post out all relevant equipment and documentation.
The study will last three months in total but the measurements themselves only take a few minutes each day.
We will provide full training and there will always be researchers on hand to assist you at any point during the study.
Please refer to the participant information sheet for further information.
If you are an Advanced Bionics cochlear implant recipient and are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please get in touch with Dr Faizah Mushtaq at Please also contact Faizah if you are not sure whether you are eligible to take part or if you are unsure whether your cochlear implant is manufactured by Advanced Bionics.

University of Southampton  Nov 2020

The perspectives and recommendations of cochlear implant professionals and users for the development of a wearable haptic device.

We are exploring ways to improve cochlear implant users’ access to sound, particularly in more challenging listening environments. As part of this work, we are looking at developing a vibro-tactile (also known as haptic) device. The device/s are worn on the skin, either on one or both sides of the body, and pick-up speech and sounds in the environment, converting them into gentle vibrations that can be felt on the skin.We recognise the importance of involving cochlear implant users in the development of new assistive technologies from conceptualisation.

The study comprises of three phases:

  1. A short online questionnaire about the listening difficulties that CI users experience (10-15 min)
  2. An online focus group exploring the aspects that need to be considered when developing this technology. You can contribute in one of 2 ways: (1) an online focus group with captions and a British Sign Language interpreter if required (1 hour) or (2) a “bulletin board” focus group where written contributions can be made
  3. A short second short questionnaire (10-15 min) with the opportunity to add anything you might have thought of after the focus group. We will also share images of our prototype at this stage for feedback.

Attached is a participant information sheet with more information.
To take part in this research or for more information, please do not hesitate to contact by email