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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 …

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 …

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 …

Hearing aids versus a cochlear implant – which is better for adults with severe hearing loss? 

Well, for adults who have hearing loss equal to or greater than 80dB, NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) advise that a cochlear implant is better.  But what about adults who just miss out on this cut-off point? People with hearing loss between 70dB and 80dB? Well, the evidence isn’t clear – there exists a ‘grey …

Help us find out if COVID-19 affects hearing, tinnitus and balance – please take part!

The COVID-19 pandemic is ever evolving and research communities around the world have contributed a monumental effort into understanding more about this new virus, and the symptoms and side effects associated. It has been suggested that COVID-19 may possibly have an impact on hearing, cause or worsen tinnitus (ringing or other sounds in the ears) …

Hearing difficulties during challenging times

Social distancing is very much in the news. Professor David Baguley, Professor of Hearing Sciences, and Dr Adele Horobin, Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Manager, both members of our Hearing Theme, reflect on the double challenge for people with hearing loss.   New challenges   The change to our daily routines that the Coronavirus …

Patient-centred care

Welcome to the November issue of the Hearing Matters blog by the Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss Group at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. This month, Rachel Gomez explores patient-centred care in audiology and the research we are doing on this. What is patient-centred care? Patient-centred care in audiology is a journey that includes …