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As part of its work in supporting deaf adults, children and their families and in working with professionals, The Ear Foundation has, for many years, had a lively and topical research programme. Research carried out by The Ear Foundation:

  • arises from issues and concerns expressed by users of hearing technologies such as cochlear implants, bone anchored hearing devices and hearing aids, their families and the professionals who work with them;
  • aims to facilitate the effective use of new technologies and technologies in use in daily life - whether this is at home, school, work or leisure;
  • is practically relevant for a wide range of areas in the field, such as for family situations, for education, the clinic and research, but also for policy makers, funders and other commissioners;
  • is disseminated as widely as possible through e.g. papers, presentations, courses, booklets, our online websites.

In this section of the website, you can find:

  • Information about The Ear Foundation Research Forum;
  • Summaries and conclusions of the research carried out at The Ear Foundation;
  • Information about our current projects;
  • Information on research projects categorized by topic and category with links to their abstracts and how to obtain the full paper.

The Ear Foundation's Research Team based here in Nottingham are:

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         Sarah Allen                 Dr Sheetal Athalye         Zheng Yen Ng

Ethics Committee and Advisors:

We work closely with other organisations including The Nottingham CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care), Medical Research Council (MRC), Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) and NHBRU (Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit) and we are delighted to have the advice and expertise from a number of people including:

Dr Imran Mulla, Dr. Sue Gregory, Professor Mark Lutman, Dr Carl Edwards, Professor Deb Hall, Dr Tim Hardie, Professor Brian Lamb, Professor Kris English, Professor Connie Mayer, Professor Nicola Wright, and Professor Ciaran O'Neill. 


To become involved in our Research, please visit this page. 

For the latest updates, please also follow us on social media on our Twitter page and use #TEFResearch!