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 and is team lead for the Biomedical Sciences group. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is pursuing a part-time PhD.

His research is concerned with speech intelligibility in background noise. He is interested in the use of spatial cues in those with hearing impairment and looking to establish effective techniques for improving performance and making research more realistic through virtual reality.

Areas of Expertise

  • Binaural hearing
  • Heairng aids
  • Vestibular assessment & management

Publications

  1. & Turn an Ear to Hear: How Hearing-Impaired Listeners Can Exploit Head Orientation to Enhance Their Speech Intelligibility in Noisy Social Settings. Trends in Hearing 22, 233121651880270
  2. & “Turn an ear to hear”: How hearing-impaired listeners can exploit head orientation to enhance their speech intelligibility in noisy social settings.. In Proceedings of ISAAR 2017: Adaptive processes in hearing: 6th International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research..
  3. & 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
  4. & Implementation of Integrated Mismatch Negativity in Differentiating Children with Specific Language Impairment. Neuropediatrics 45(01), 010-015.
  5. & Auditory Complaints in Scuba Divers: an Overview. Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery 64(1), 71-78.

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Teaching

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SHCM01 Micro-suctioning for Ear Wax Removal

    The module covers all aspects of routine wax removal via microsuctioning. A focus will be made on safe practice and using the correct techniques to ensure patient comfort.

  • SHGE21 Study Day (Healthcare Science)

    This is a themed, standalone study day which will lead to a certificate of attendance. There are no credit points attached to this module.

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