New Vancacy - Director, IHR Scottish Section

Information about the Scottish Section Director post is now available. 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

PhD studentships available for 2015

We are pleased to offer several different PhD projects to start in October 2015. 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).

31st March 2015, 1 pm : Talk by Ning Ma: 'Machine hearing exploiting head movements for binaural sound localisation in reverberant conditions.'

This seminar will be presented by Dr. Ning Ma (Research Associate, Speech and Hearing Research Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield).

Abstract:  This talk is concerned with machine localisation of competing speech sources in reverberant environments using two (binaural) microphones. Such conditions typically present a problem for “classical” binaural models. To reduce the amount of front-back confusions, which can occur due to the similarity of interaural time difference and level difference in the front and rear hemifield, a machine hearing system is presented which combines supervised learning of binaural cues and the use of head movement. The current study investigated the influence of different head movement strategies and showed that the system substantially reduced the amount of front-back confusions in challenging reverberant conditions. Moreover, the system was able to generalise to different rooms unseen during training of the machine-hearing system.

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).