Research projects requesting your input

A qualitative study looking at the perspectives of audiologist about implementing cognitive screening into Audiology.

Brief background: There is a link between hearing and cognition, although causality is still yet to be established. It can be argued Audiologists who have more regular interactions with patients could be the first to notice signs of cognitive impairments. In events where all other avenues have been explored, and hearing difficulties are not aligning with hearing aid modifications and communication tactics, it is possible a cognitive impairment might be present. To identify this, Audiologists could screen these selected individuals, and any positive screens would be referred on appropriately.

The current scope of practice of Audiologists does not already incorporate this, and we do not know how Audiologists feel about administering these questionnaires. Is this adding inappropriate responsibility to existing hectic workload?

Study design: one-to one interview via video call

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Qualified Audiologist working in either in the NHS or private sector with recent clinical experience in adult audiology within the last three years.
  • Student audiologist who is in their final year clinical placement (MSc or PTP) or are an STP Audiology student.
  • Audiology lecturer or are part of teaching staff who have had recent clinical experience in adult audiology within the last three years.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Paediatric Audiologists and Vestibular Audiologists with no Adult Rehabilitation experience in the last three years.

If you would like to participate or have any further questions, please contact:

Janvi Soni (Trainee STP student) 159069226@aston.ac.uk

Developing strategic directions for Dementia and Hearing Loss

This short survey is being carried out by the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre in the University of Nottingham.

It asks about the current management of people living with dementia in UK audiology services.

Anyone can complete it in a UK audiology service.

All responses will be strictly confidential.

Participants could win a £50 voucher for taking part.

They will receive £10 for a very brief, remote follow-up interview.

Contact the lead researcher, Dr Eithne Heffernan, via eithne.heffernan1@nottingham.ac.uk with any questions.

The survey will close on Monday 31st October.

Link to survey: https://tinyurl.com/hearingresearch22

QR Code for survey:

Research Project: Test an AI-driven virtual translator prototype

Otermans Institute is committed to using technology to upskill the next generation and make education more accessible for underserved populations. They are currently working on an AI-driven translator; this is a human-like avatar that can translate content from video, audio, and text into BSL just as a human translator would, e.g. on BBC. This technology is designed to increase accessibility through BSL translation of most video and audio content available online where the spoken language is used.

They are entering the last leg of their research and would love to have your support and input in the creation of their accessibility tool and for the future of BSL accessibility in online learning.

All participants will receive £20 or a voucher worth £20 for participating in the study.

Their registration sheet is here: Google Form and can be accessed via the QR code in the attached poster.

Participant Information Sheet v1 (2022-06-19)

Research project: Hearing care services for musicians

We are conducting a piece of research looking for insights from audiologists into the provision of hearing care services for musicians. This is for Mark Smith’s Clinical Science MSc research project as part of the Scientist Training Programme. 

The research involves a short survey (10-15 minutes) where we ask UK-based audiologists (NHS and private) various questions about audiology services for musicians. At the end of the survey, respondents will be invited to participate in a follow up interview to gain more detailed information from audiologists about care provision for musicians. 

This research is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Samuel Couth from the University of Manchester and Prof. Alinka Greasley from the University of Leeds, and the Hearing Aids for Music project. 

If you would like any more information on this research, this can be found on the information sheet below or by contacting the research team at: Mark.smith-17@postgrad.manchester.ac.uk 

or Samuel.couth@manchester.ac.uk

The link to the survey can be accessed here:  https://www.qualtrics.manchester.ac.uk/jfe/form/SV_eyS0Bfdgf7Di7Ge

We would like to gain as wide variety of views as possible, so even if you have had limited experience with musicians, we would really appreciate any responses.

More information is available here: Information Sheet Audiologist’s Musicians Care Final

Research Project: Reliability and inter-rater reliability of otoscopic examination by audiological practitioners using video-otoscopic images

Dear Colleague,

We aim to evaluate qualified Audiologists and ATO’s Otoscopy skills using a series of images of ear drums in various conditions and with various pathologies. The survey is part of an MSc project conducted by the UCL Ear Institute, and it has been reviewed and approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee. It will take about 20 minutes to complete.

All you need to do is look at the images presented and select, from the multiple-choice options, if you are looking at an abnormal ear drum and deem it abnormal, what condition/pathology can you identify?

Before you participate, however, there is a section of personal information required. This information is important to the study, as we hope to analyse if there are trends between participants’ scores and factors related to clinical and educational experience. The information we require will be regarding your professional qualifications, and clinical experience. No participant identifiable information will be gathered at this stage, and your individual results will not be accessible to anyone but yourselves and our research team. Your answers will be made available when you submit your completed quiz.

Prize Draw:

As a thank you for taking part, we would like to offer you the chance to be entered in our prize draw. 1 lucky winner will randomly be picked to receive a £50 voucher (yet to be decided). For entrance into the prize draw, we require you to provide an email address to contact you if you win. However, entry is optional, and your email address is not required to participate in this quiz.

The link to the survey is here: Otoscopy Quiz

Thank you for your time, and good luck!

Dean Iles and Hannah Cooper

UCL Ear Institute