New Director for Institute of Hearing Research

A new Director has been appointed to run the Medical Research Council’s Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) at The University of Nottingham. Read More

BSA Conference 2014 Poster Award Winners

At this month's British Society of Audiology Annual Conference, scientists from IHR won three of the poster prizes. Read More

Out now: the ECLiPS questionnare

Johanna Barry and Dave Moore recently completed the development of a new questionnaire for support the assessment of children referred for listening difficulties (auditory processing disorder) and it is now available for purchase. Read More


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

25th November 2014, 1 pm : Effects of age on temporal coding and the perception of musical harmony

This seminar will be presented by Prof. Chris Plack (The University of Manchester)


Ageing is associated with a deficit in the coding of the temporal characteristics of sounds, even in the absence of a significant audiometric threshold increase. Recent findings from a mouse model suggest that ageing is associated with a loss of auditory nerve fibres (cochlear neuropathy). Hence the deficits due to ageing may be related to the effects of cochlear neuropathy associated with noise exposure ("hidden hearing loss") . In this talk, I will describe some of the recent physiological findings on hidden auditory dysfunction, and present electrophysiological and behavioural data from our group suggesting that ageing impacts both on the neural temporal coding of pitch, and on the perception of musical harmony.

2nd December 2014, 1 pm : Feel the noise: Exploring variability in the perception of speech and vocalizations

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Carolyn McGettigan (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Abstract: This talk will present a range of behavioural and neuroimaging studies in which explorations of individual variability in perceptual performance have yielded additional insights into the systems supporting the perception of speech and vocal cues in humans. The presentation will focus on speech recognition and perceptual adaptation processes studied using cochlear implant simulations, and will also include recent work addressing the processing of emotional vocalisations such as laughter.

16th December 2014, 1 pm : Talk by Jessica Monaghan. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Jessica Monaghan (University of Southampton)

6th January 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Bob Carlyon. Title TBA

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Bob Carlyon (MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit)