“Other things your hearing is good for, especially if your hearing impaired”

Contact Name: Daniel Rowan

Contact Email: dr@isvr.soton.ac.uk

Daniel is a Lecturer in Audiology at the University of Southampton; Admissions Tutor for the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) and MSc Audiology programmes in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment; and is an Audiologist registered with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

Daniel began his training as an Audiologist in the National Health Service in 1995. In 2000, he embarked on the MSc in Audiology at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), graduating in 2002. On completing the MSc, Daniel conducted his PhD research under the supervision of Prof Mark Lutman and was awarded funding by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (now Action On Hearing Loss), graduating in 2006. In 2004 he joined the Hearing and Balance Centre as a member of staff. From 2008-2012, Daniel was the Chair of the Professional Practice Committee of the British Society of Audiology.

Daniel is the lead member of a team of scientific advisors from the University of Southampton to the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, which includes the Deaflympics.

20 million people in the world are blind, most of whom are in developing countries and are over 50 years old — they are therefore also at high risk of hearing impairment. The auditory needs of people who are blind and later develop hearing impairment might differ from sighted people in important ways. For example, some blind report using sound echoes and echolocation for spatial awareness and navigation. This talk describes recent experiments into the auditory aspects of human echolocation and what the implications of these might be for audiology services for blind people. For example, could audiology services have a role in helping blind people without hearing loss enhance their auditory skills, such as to use echoes?

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