Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionise modern-day hearing aid systems. Read More

New IHR Director

Professor Michael Akeroyd arrived in post on 7 April 2015 as the MRC Institute of Hearing Research’s new Director. Read More

Award for outstanding contribution to hearing research

Congratulations to Mel Ferguson, Helen Henshaw, Daniel Clark of NHBRU and our own David Moore, previous IHR director, on winning the Editors’ Award 2015 from the journal Ear and Hearing. Read More

BBC Radio 4 interview: Can headphones damage hearing?

Following the French health minister’s proposal to place a legal limit on headphone volume and at live concerts in France, amid concern that people are unwittingly damaging their hearing, Dr Mark Porter of the BBC Radio 4 'Inside Health' programme spoke to Dr Michael Akeroyd, Director of IHR's Scottish Section. Read More


Unless stated otherwise, seminars are held at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research Nottingham University Section (click here for details on how to find the Institute).

23rd April 2015, 1 pm : Co-modulation as a means of enhancing signal detection and object formation

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Joseph Sollini (Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London).

Abstract: In the auditory world, salient signals commonly occur within complex fluctuating soundscapes. A key function of the auditory system is to appropriately group and segregate temporally and spectrally overlapping signals into perceptually distinct objects. The mammalian auditory system is excellent at grouping signals into separate objects and can do so using a small number of cues, but the neural mechanisms that underlie these processes are poorly understood. One phenomenon that uses such grouping processes is co-modulation masking release (CMR), whereby coherent amplitude modulation of sound (co-modulation) across many frequencies (e.g. a broadband sound) increases the detectability of a concurrent signal (e.g. a pure tone).In this talk I shall be showing CMR correlates measured from the primary auditory cortex of the mouse.  Then I will show that, using opto-genetics, one can disrupt cues of object formation and hence disrupt the size of the CMR measured.

28th April 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Tobias Neher. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Tobias Neher (Medical Physics and Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all, Oldenburg University).

19th May 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Patrick May. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Patrick May (Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aalto University, Finland).

26th May 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Jess Monaghan: 'Listen up! Better speech understanding with hearing aids'

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Jess Monaghan (Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton).

16th June 2015, 1 pm : Talk by George Spirou: 'The cochlear nucleus connectome'

This seminar will be presented by Dr. George Spirou (Center for Neuroscience, University of West Virginia).