Barry joined the College in 2007 having had a number of clinical positions within the National Health Service as well as a research post. In his current role he manages the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) programme. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is pursuing a part-time PhD.

His research is concerned with hearing impairment and binaural hearing. Binaural hearing helps listeners to understand speech in background noise through spatial cues, but some listeners with a hearing impairment show little benefit from these cues. One would expect hearing aids to help with this problem because they aim to restore audibility, but this is not always the case. My research is directed towards improving our understanding of this process.

Areas of Expertise

  • Binaural hearing
  • Heairng aids
  • Vestibular assessment & management

Publications

  1. & Real-ear acoustical characteristics of impulse sound generated by golf drivers and the estimated risk to hearing: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 4(1), e003517
  2. & Implementation of Integrated Mismatch Negativity in Differentiating Children with Specific Language Impairment. Neuropediatrics 45(01), 010-015.
  3. & Auditory Complaints in Scuba Divers: an Overview. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 64(1), 71-78.
  4. & What is the most effective rehabilitation approach for patients with bilateral vestibular hypofunction?. Audiological Medicine 9(2), 52-58.
  5. & Toward an understanding of auditory evoked cortical event-related potentials: Characteristics and classification. Audiological Medicine 9(1), 16-25.

Teaching

  • SH-E02 Placement 1 (BSc Audiology)

    This a placement module for the BSc (Hons) Audiology.

  • SH-E05 Placement 2 (BSc Audiology)

    This a placement module for the BSc (Hons) Audiology.

  • SHC137 Study Skills, Health Informatics and Health Service Practice

    This module provides an introduction to student skills, learning skills, IT skills, communication skills and elements of Health Informatics that prepares the student for work in the clinical environment of the National Health Service as an Assistant/Associate audiology practitioner.

  • SHC138 Introduction to Audiology Practice I

    This module will introduce students to basic audiological practice.

  • SHC139 Introduction to Audiology Practice II

    This module will expand students understanding of basic audiological practice and supplementary material required, following on from module Introduction to Audiology Practice I.

  • SHC155 Neurosensory Science

    This module provides an introduction to aspects of basic science which are important for the neurosensory science student to learn.

  • SHC233 Healthcare Science Work Based Placement 1

    This module provides an opportunity to explore professional practice within a healthcare science discipline and to gain the professional skills and competences required for practice at level 5.

  • SHC234 Audiological Science 1

    This module will explore various diagnostic and rehabilitative aspects of audiological practice.

  • SHC235 Sensory Aids 1

    This module provides an introduction to the treatment options for the hearing impaired. There will be a focus on the prescription and verification of hearing aid provision.

  • SHC236 Vestibular Assessment and Management

    This is an introductory module that will explore the anatomy and physiology of the balance system. There will be a focus on the assessments of vestibular function, common vestibular complaints and vestibular rehabilitation.

  • SHC331 Healthcare Science Research Project

    This module will facilitate the planning, execution and dissemination of a research project with direct relevance to the clinical specialism. Students will be expected to plan, execute and disseminate a literature review, audit or service improvement project.

  • SHC333 Audiological Science 2

    This module will further expand on the various diagnostic and rehabilitative aspects of audiological practice. There will be a focus on using about health promotion, health screening and health management models and its application in hearing healthcare.

  • SHC334 Sensory Aids 2

    This module provides an introduction to the treatment options for the hearing impaired. There will be a focus on the prescription and verification of hearing aid provision.

External Responsibilities

  • External Examiner, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester

    2011 - 2015

Key Grants and Projects

  • Golf & Hearing Disability: Innovative approaches to enhance awareness of hearing health in golf players and the public 2012 - 2014

    2nd Author - The Great British Sasakawa Foundation, £4000

  • Why can a hearing impairment make two ears little better than one? 2014 - 2016

    Principle Investigator, BSA Applied Research Grant, £1710

  • Why do hearing impaired individuals obtain reduced benefit to intelligibility when speech and noise are spatially separated? 2016

    Action on Hearing Loss (Flexi Grant), £2000

Research Groups

  • Microphone Networks

    MRC Network with focus on improvements in hearing aid technology