Engineering and the Environment

Daniel Rowan

MSc, PhD

Primary position:
Lecturer in Audiology

Background

The University of Southampton

Daniel is a Lecturer in Audiology at the University of Southampton. His goal is to develop knowledge and technologies that will allow people with sensory impairments to optimally use their hearing to achieve the independence, prosperity and fulfilment they desire.

Daniel teaches on, and is the Admissions Tutor for, the BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) and MSc Audiology programmes, 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. Daniel conducted his PhD research, funded by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (now Action On Hearing Loss), under the supervision of Prof Mark Lutman and graduated in 2006. In 2004 he joined the Hearing and Balance Centre as a member of staff.  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.

A sample lecture on human echolocation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youtube video: How our ears help us see

 

Honours and Awards

2013    The Denzil Brooks Trophy, British Society of Audiology in recognition of outstanding contributions to promoting excellence in clinical practice through Chairmanship of the Professional Practice Committee, which has become the leading provider of clinical guidance in audiology nationally and internationally.

Dr Daniel Rowan's photo

"My team is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with sensory impairments"

Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Bevis, Zoe L., Semeraro, Hannah D. and van Besouw, R.M. et al. (2014) Fit for the frontline? A focus group exploration of auditory tasks carried out by infantry and combat support personnel. Noise and Health, 16, (69), 127-135. (doi:10.4103/1463-1741.132101).
van Besouw, R.M., Forrester, Lisa, Crowe, Nicholas and Rowan, D. (2013) Simulating the effect of interaural mismatch in the insertion depth of bilateral cochlear implants on speech perception. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134, (2), 1348-1357. (doi:10.1121/1.4812272 ).
Rowan, Daniel, Papadopoulos, Timos, Edwards, David, Holmes, Hannah, Hollingdale, Anna, Evans, Leah and Allen, Robert (2013) Identification of the lateral position of a virtual object based on echoes by humans. Hearing Research, 300, 56-65. (doi:10.1016/j.heares.2013.03.005).
Holmes, Hannah, Rowan, D. and Cullington, H.E. (2013) Speech perception in different masker types: how can differences between children and adults be interpreted? International Journal of Audiology, 52, (4), 265-266. (doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.765042).
Alomari, H. and Rowan, D. (2013) Masking level difference with bone conduction stimulation in normal hearing listeners. International Journal of Audiology, 52, (4), 285. (doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.765042).
Vaughan, A., Rowan, D. and Simpson, D.M. (2013) Investigating evidence of sound localisation using bone conduction stimulation. International Journal of Audiology, 52, (4), 295. (doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.765042).
Alothman, N., Rowan, D. and Cullington, H. (2013) Reference data for the multi-centre study of a synchronised bilateral cochlear implant system. International Journal of Audiology, 52, (4), 288-289. (doi:10.3109/14992027.2013.765042).
Kim, S., Allen, R. and Rowan, D. (2012) Range dependent characteristics in the head-related transfer functions of a bat-head cast: part 1. Monaural characteristics. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 7, (4), 046014-[14pp]. (doi:10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046014). (PMID:23093100).
Kim, S., Allen, R. and Rowan, D. (2012) Range dependent characteristics in the head-related transfer functions of a bat-head cast: part 2. Binaural characteristics. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 7, (4), 046015-[16pp]. (doi:10.1088/1748-3182/7/4/046015). (PMID:23093141).
Rowan, D., Morriis, Olwyn, Adewale, M. and Millgate, A. (2012) Early detection of non-organic hearing loss using a simple tone-in-noise test. Noise and Health, 14, (59), 179-183. (doi:10.4103/1463-1741.99893).
Papadopoulos, Timos, Edwards, David S., Rowan, Daniel and Allen, Robert (2011) Identification of auditory cues utilized in human echolocation - objective measurement results. [in special issue: ITAB 2009] Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, 6, (3), 280-290. (doi:10.1016/j.bspc.2011.03.005).
Rowan, Daniel and Gray, Michelle (2008) Lateralization of high frequency pure tones with interaural phase difference and bone conduction. International Journal of Audiology, 47, (7), 404-411. (doi:10.1080/14992020802006055).
Rowan, Daniel and Lutman, Mark E. (2007) Learning to discriminate interaural time differences at low and high frequencies. International Journal of Audiology, 46, (10), 585-594. (doi:10.1080/14992020701524828).
Rowan, Daniel, Hinton, Kathryn and Mackenzie, Emma (2006) Comparison of Levitt- and Zwislocki-type adaptive procedures for stimulus placement in human listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119, (6), 3539-3541. (doi:10.1121/1.2195088).
Rowan, Daniel, Kapadia, Sarosh and Lutman, Mark (2004) Does static ear canal pressure influence pure-tone pitch perception? Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 124, (3), 286-289. (doi:10.1080/00016480310000511).
Rowan, D., Kapadia, S. and Lutman, M.E. (2003) Does ear canal pressure influence pure tone pitch perception? International Journal of Audiology, 42, (6), 379.

Conference or Workshop Item

Alothman, N., Rowan, Daniel and Cullington, H.E. (2013) Psychoacoustical and self-reported outcomes of a coordinated bilateral cochlear implant system in adult users. At Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses, California, US, 14 - 19 Jul 2013.
Alothman, Noura, Rowan, Daniel and Cullington, H.E. (2013) Spatial hearing in a synchronized bilateral cochlear implant system. At British Cochlear Implant Group Annual Meeting , Kilmarnock, GB,
Crowe, N.D., van Besouw, R.M. and Rowan, D. (2010) Bilateral cochlear implants: Effect of interaural electrode insertion-depth mismatch on speech intelligibility. In, British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, 17 - 18 Sep 2009. 1pp.
Edwards, David, Papadopoulos, Timoleon, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2010) Bat echolocation database. In, 5th Institute of Acoustics International Conference on Bio-Acoustics, Loughborough, GB, 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2009. 3pp.
Papadopoulos, T., Edwards, D.S., Rowan, D. and Allen, R. (2009) Identification of auditory cues utilized in human echolocation - objective measurement results. In, 9th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine (ITAB2009), Larnaca, Cyprus, 05 - 07 Nov 2009. 4pp.
Papadopoulos, Timos, Edwards, David, Rowan, Daniel and Allen, Robert (2009) Identification of auditory cues utilized in human echolocation - objective measurement results. In, 9th International Conference on Information Technology and Applications in Biomedicine (ITAB2009), Larnaca, CY, 05 - 07 Nov 2009. 4pp.
Edwards, David, Holmes, Hannah, Rowan, Daniel, Papadopoulos, Timos, Allen, Robert and Wilmot-Brown, Latoya (2009) Preliminary reflector-localisation studies using stimuli related to an echolocation. In, 7th Annual SoNG Meeting, Southampton, GB, 26 Sep 2009.
Edwards, David, Holmes, Hannah, Rowan, Daniel, Papadopoulos, Timos, Allen, Robert and Wilmot-Brown, Latoya (2009) Preliminary reflector-localisation studies using stimuli related to an echolocation task. In, British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, Southampton, GB, 17 - 18 Sep 2009. , 68-69.
Edwards, David, Holmes, Hannah, Rowan, Daniel, Papadopoulos, Timos, Allen, Robert and Wilmot-Brown, Latoya (2009) Preliminary reflector-localisation studies using stimuli related to an echolocation task. At British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, Southampton, UK, 17 - 18 Sep 2009. , 68-69.
Edwards, David, Allen, Robert, Papadopoulos, Timoleon, Rowan, Daniel, Kim, Su and Wilmot-Brown, Latoya (2009) Investigations of mammalian echolocation. In, 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Minneapolis, US, 02 - 06 Sep 2009. , 7184-7187.
Edwards, D., Holmes, H., Rowan, D., Papadopoulos, T., Allen, R. and Wilmot-Brown, L. (2009) Preliminary reflector-localisation studies using stimuli related to an echolocation. At 7th Annual SoNG Meeting, Southampton, U.K., 26 Sep 2009.
Edwards, David, Papadopoulos, Timos, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2009) Bat echolocation database. In, 5th Institute of Acoustics International Conference on Bio-Acoustics, Loughborough, GB, 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2009. 3pp.
Kim, Su, Papadopoulos, Timoleon, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2009) Measurement of the head-related transfer function of a bat head cast. In, 5th Institute of Acoustics International Conference on Bio-Acoustics, Loughborough, GB, 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2009. 8pp.
Kim, S. Y., Papadopoulos, Timoleon, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2009) Measurement of the head-related transfer function of a bat head cast. In, 5th Institute of Acoustics International Conference on Bio-Acoustics, Loughborough, GB, 31 Mar - 02 Apr 2009. 8pp.
Rowan, D., Adewale, M. and Millgate, A. (2008) Preliminary evaluation of audiometric test to identify feigned/exaggerated hearing loss. In, British Academy of Audiology Conference 2008, Liverpool, UK, 26 - 28 Nov 2008.
Kim, Su, Papadopoulos, Timos, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2008) Modelling of bat echolocation signals to differentiate object dimensions and materials. In, 15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV15), Daejeon, Korea, 06 - 10 Jul 2008. 7pp.
Kim, S.Y., Papadopoulos, T., Allen, R. and Rowan, D. (2008) Using a model of bat echolocation to differentiate object dimensions and materials. At Proceedings of Biological Approaches for Engineering, Southampton, UK, 17 - 19 Mar 2008. Southampton, UK, University of Southampton, 159-162.
Kim, Su Yeon, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2008) The simulation of bat-oriented auditory processing using the experimental data of echolocating signals. In, Acoustics '08, Paris, FR, 29 Jun - 04 Jul 2008. , 5235-5240.
Rowan, D. and Tompkins, L. (2008) Binaural masking-level difference with bone conduction: Implications for bilateral BAHAs. In, British Academy of Audiology Conference 2008, Liverpool, UK, 25 - 28 Nov 2008.
Kim, Su, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2008) The simulation of bat-oriented auditory processing using the experimental data of echolocating signals. In, Acoustics'08, Paris, FR, 29 Jun - 04 Jul 2009.
Kim, S.Y., Papadopoulos, T., Allen, R.A. and Rowan, D. (2008) Modelling of bat echolocation signals to differentiate object dimensions and materials. In, 15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV15), Daejeon, Korea, 06 - 10 Jul 2008. 7pp, 2911-2917.
Kim, S.Y., Allen, R. and Rowan, D. (2007) Review on echolocation with binaural hearing in bats and humans. At 3rd Life Science Interface Conference, Southampton, UK, 15 Mar 2007.
Kim, Su, Allen, Robert and Rowan, Daniel (2007) Review on echolocation with binaural hearing in bats and humans. In, 3rd Life Science Interface Conference, Southampton, GB, 15 Mar 2007.
Rowan, D., Gray, M. and Brown, T.H.E. (2006) Theoretical considerations of binaural hearing involving bone conduction stimulation. In, BAA Annual Conference and Expo, Telford, UK, 22 - 24 Nov 2006.
Ellis, W. and Rowan, D. (2006) Auditory learning with binaural cues to localisation. At BSA Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, London, UK, 14 - 15 Sep 2006. British Society of Audiology.
Rowan, D., Ellis, W. and Lutman, M.E. (2006) Binaural perception of high frequency complexes. In, Institute of Acoustics Spring Conference 2006: Futures in Acoustics: Today's Research - Tomorrow's Careers, Southampton, UK, 03 - 04 Apr 2006. Southampton, UK,
Rowan, D. and Lutman, M.E. (2004) High-frequency ITD discrimination with "transposed" stimuli in trained and untrained normal-hearing adults. At Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Daytona Beach, USA, Feb 2004.
Hinton, K., Rowan, D. and Mackenzie, E. (2004) Comparison of adaptive procedures for binaural discrimination: test-retest reliability and bias. In, British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, London, UK, 16 - 17 Sep 2004.
Rowan, D. and Lutman, M.E. (2004) Effects of training on ITD discrimination using 'transposed' stimuli: preliminary analysis. In, British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, London, UK, 16 - 17 Sep 2004.
Rowan, D., Kapadia, S. and Lutman, M.E. (2002) Does ear canal pressure influence pure tone pitch perception? At British Society of Audiology Short Papers Meeting on Experimental Studies of Hearing and Deafness, Sheffield, UK, 16 - 17 Sep 2002. Sheffield, UK, British Society of Audiology.
 

Research

Research Interests

Sounds, through hearing, are important to people in various ways. Daniel is interested in ways that the hearing of sound helps us (e.g. for communication and spatial awareness) and hinders us (e.g. the interfering and fatiguing effects of background noise), the particular difficulties that arise with hearing impairment and how hearing can be exploited to help people with visual impairment and blindness. His research covers:

  • How hearing can help us to localise objects that either actively produce sounds (aka sound-source localization) or can be stimulated to reflect sounds (aka echolocation).
  • How hearing assists or interferes with our ability to function in challenging acoustic and psychological environments. For example, effects of different types of background sound on hearing, situational awareness and cognitive capabilities.
  • The effects of hearing impairment and auditory prostheses on our hearing abilities (including speech understanding and localization).
  • The importance of hearing to visually impaired and blind people and how the usefulness of their hearing can be improved, especially if they also have a hearing loss.

 

Primary research group:  Human Sciences Group

Affiliate research group:  Hearing and Balance Centre

Research projects

Make like a bat

How can humans use echoes to detect and locate objects?

Deaflympics

What is the best way detect cheating in sporting events for deaf people?

2 ears are better than 1

What benefit do hearing impaired people get from using two auditory prostheses, one in each ear?

Fit for duty

How can the impact of hearing impairment on the capabilities of military personnel be assessed?

Telemedicine in cochlear implants

This project is exploring different ways of providing long term follow up to cochlear implant users.

Echolocation researchers

The large anechoic chamber at the University of Southampton

Echolocation researchers

Testing localisation skills

An experiment to determine the localisation abilities of cochlear implant users

Testing localisation skills

Teaching Responsibilities

Title Module Code           Programme                                                  Role
Basic neurosensory assessment ISVR1025 BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) Part 1 Co-ordinator
Physiological and Psychophysical Measurement ISVR1031 BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) Part 1 Lecturer
Clinical Measurement and Training ISVR1028 BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) Part 1 Practical Tutor
Experimental Audiology Research (EAR) Projects ISVR2033 BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) Part 2 Co-ordinator
Clinical Practicum ISVR2038 BSc Healthcare Science (Audiology) Part 2 Practical Tutor
Clinical Practicum ISVR3026 BSc Audiology Part 3 Co-ordinator of synoptic exam
Research Project ISVR3030
BSc Audiology Part 3
Project Supervisor
Clinical Assessment in Audiology ISVR6121 MSc Audiology  Lecturer, Practical Tutor and Clinic Tutor
Physiology and Psychology of hearing ISVR6125 MSc Audiology  Lecturer
Diagnostic Audiology ISVR6122 MSc Audiology  Co-ordinator
Research Project ISVR6075 MSc Audiology  Practical Tutor

Contact

Dr Daniel Rowan
Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 13/4019