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COVID and hearing – please help us

Have you had COVID before? Do you feel this has affected your hearing and balance or had no effect at all? Seventeen more volunteers needed to complete our study on COVID and hearing! Could you be one of them?   It is two years to the day since the first national UK COVID lockdown was …

Patients and public leading at the crossover of mental health and hearing

Hearing and mental health overlap For what remain as ‘hidden’ disabilities, hearing and mental health conditions are incredibly common: 1.6 billion people live with hearing loss, while 792 million people are affected by mental health issues. Despite their prevalence, social stigma is attached to both and there is little public understanding of their impact. Also, …

Use hearing aids but struggle to hear well enough? Take part in the COACH trial.

Take part in research comparing hearing aids to a cochlear implant in adults with severe to profound deafness. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) examines all the evidence to decide guidelines for clinical treatment. Based on the current evidence, adults may be offered a cochlear implant on the NHS when they have at …

Participant to partner: a research journey

                Katrina Copping uses hearing aids to help with her hearing loss and tinnitus.  Katrina is working alongside researchers at the Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (Hearing Theme) as a Patient Research Partner.  Emma Broome is a Research Fellow at the Biomedical Research Centre.  In this blog, Katrina and …

Helping research improve treatments for single-sided deafness more quickly – An agreement on what is important to measure

Roulla Katiri, on behalf of the CROSSSD initiative, for Hearing Matters UoN blog. Much clinical research sets out to improve and develop new treatments for health conditions. But usually, no one piece of research is enough to be sure which treatments are best. We need to build up a body of many different research studies …

The use of hearing aids by adults with hearing loss, how should we define and measure success?

Jean Straus uses hearing aids to help with her hearing. As a member of the public with first-hand experience of hearing loss, Jean is a valued member of the research team, providing a unique perspective, ensuring the research is designed around patient needs. Jean would like to share the following with you. ‘The use of …

Help us understand how and why people use – or don’t use – their hearing aids

Do you have hearing aids? Do you use them regularly, sometimes or not at all? We need your help! Please complete our questionnaires to help us understand how we can make it easier for people to use their hearing aids. Contact paige.church@nottingham.ac.uk to take part. Read below to find out more! Thank you. Approximately 12 …