Most conventional hearing tests require patients to make a behavioural response to sounds that are played to them, such as pressing a button when they can detect a quiet sound.
However, these procedures are impossible for young infants (who cannot understand spoken instructions), and difficult for some adults with special needs.
The aim of the project is to develop an objective audiological test battery, based on measures of the electrical responses of neurones in the brain to sound, that can automatically diagnose hearing disorders without the need for a behavioural response. In addition to the obvious benefits for infants and adults with special needs, the test battery could lead to faster and more accurate diagnoses for all patients with hearing loss. This project is led by Karolina Kluk and is funded by the Medical Research Council. Other members of the research team are Chris Plack, Kai Uus, David AllenandRebecca Robinson.