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Dr Ben Lineton BSc (Eng), MSc, PhD

Lecturer in Audiology

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Dr Ben Lineton is Lecturer in Audiology within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Ben Lineton is a lecturer in the Hearing and Balance Centre at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.

He was originally educated in mechanical, aeronautical, and acoustical engineering at Imperial College in London, at the Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich, and at ISVR in Southampton. He has worked as an engineer in the energy and automotive industries; and as a research scientist at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Southampton in 2001 for work on the generation mechanisms of otoacoustic emissions. Since 2004, he has been a lecturer on the BSc and MSc Audiology programmes, and the BSc Healthcare Science programme at ISVR.

Research interests

Much of cochlear physiology and pathophysiology remains poorly understood. For example, how do the 3000 rows of active outer hair cells interact with each other and with other cochlear structures to amplify the waves in the cochlea that allow us to hear? How are the motions of these cochlear structures related to the otoacoustic emissions that we can measure in the ear canal?  What role do the efferent nerves play?  What are the changes brought about by pathology? The long term research goal is to understand human cochlear physiology in both normal and pathological conditions with a view to aiding the development of improved clinical diagnostic techniques and treatments.  One approach to improving our understanding of the electro-mechanical aspect of physiology is to develop realistic models of the cochlea.  These should capture the essential hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, and electrical processes involved in cochlear physiology. The non-linear mechano-electrical and electro-mechanical transduction processes are key aspects of the physiology where our understanding remains at a basic level. The ways in which these models may be useful clinically are: to aid the development of treatments, or prostheses for hearing impairment, to improve our ability to interpret clinical results (such as measurements of otoacoustic emissions or electrophysiology), to aid the development of new clinical tests of cochlear function, Details of impact research can be found here.

Research group

Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group

Affiliate research group

Hearing and Balance Centre

Research project(s)

Modelling cochlear dynamics

The aim of this project theme is to develop and test models that capture the essential mechanics of the cochlea in humans. The models are constructed using estimates of mechanical properties of cochlear components, and formulations of the governing laws of motion. The model predictions are tested against available measurements of mechanical vibrations of cochlear components, and measurements of OAEs.

Signal processing of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs)

What can the features of the OAE signal reveal about the patient's auditory system? What are the optimal evoking stimuli and signal processing strategies for recording OAEs, in order to minimise the problems of stimulus artefacts and noise, and thus, for example, to maximise sensitivity and specificity for screening?

Cochlear modelling of distortion product otoacoustic emissions

Top-down processes and auditory processing

Are some people suffering as a result of increasing mass exposure of the public to ultrasound in air?

Electro-haptic hearing: Using tactile stimulation to improve cochlear implant listening

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Working Paper

  • Elliott, S. J., Ni, G., Mace, B. R., & Lineton, B. (2013). Wave propagation in the cochlea. (ISVR Technical Memorandum; No. 996). University of Southampton.


Title Module Code Role
Human Responses to Sound and Vibration (CRN 32787) ISVR3061 Module Lead
Introduction to Hearing Science and Technology (CRN 39726) AUDI1013 Module Lead
Research Project (CRN 33392) AUDI6001 Module Lead
Applied Research Methods (CRN 34613) AUDI6004 Lecturer
Clinical Audiology 1 (CRN 36425) AUDI6006 Lecturer
Clinicial Audiology 2 (CRN34619) AUDI6011 Lecturer


Dr Ben Lineton
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 13/4017

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