IHR at the Glasgow Science Festival

Thank you to everyone who came along to the IHR stand at Glasgow Science Festival's flagship event Science Sunday. Every year the University of Glasgow plays host to scientists from all disciplines demonstrating their research to a family audience. This marked our first appearance at the event which saw thousands of people attending throughout the day, with our stand proving extremely popular. Our three activities (hearing loss simulator, ear box and the funnels of sound) were supported by information on what we do and how to get involved in our research. Hopefully we can repeat this success next year to see even more kids running around the hall wearing brain hats and discussing middle ear infections!

A new joint project with The University of Stirling

One of our IHR scientists, Dr Bill Whitmer, has partnered with a multidisciplinary team at the Universities of Stirling and Sheffield to help develop a next-generation hearing aid which can 'see'. It uses a miniaturised camera that can lip read, process information in real time, and seamlessly fuse and switch between audio and visual cues to enhance speech understanding. This ambitious joint research project has received nearly £500,000 from industry and the EPSRC, which will be put towards tackling the key challenge of blending and enhancing appropriately selected audio and visual cues.  IHR's Dr Whitmer said: "We are excited about the potential ability for this new technology - that takes advantage of the similar information presented to the eyes and ears in noisy conversation - to aid listening in those difficult situations, a consistent issue for those affected by hearing loss." For more on the project, see The University of Stirling press release.

IHR/NHBRU student conference

Today and tomorrow, 4th and 5th June, it's the biannual IHR/NHBRU student conference, in which all our Phd students give 15-20 minute presentations on their science. Its all part of the science training we offer to our phd students -- there's also a careers session and team-building activities. For the first time this year we're in a large lecture room at the University of Nottingham, so recreating what its like at a conference. If you want to join us next year to start a career in hearing research, look out for adverts this Autumn for 2016 entry.

A successful PhD -- Mark Steadman

Congratulations to Mark Steadman, who has recently passed his PhD at the MRC IHR and the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nottingham. The title of his thesis is Investigating the neural code for dynamic speech and the effects of signal degradation.

Photos from Mayfest 2015

Thankyou to everyone who came by the IHR/NHBRU stand at Saturday's MayFest at the University of Nottingham.

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