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

Universiity 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 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