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Prof Nicole (Nicci) Campbell BLog (Cum Laude), MLog (Cum Laude), PhD Communication Pathology

Professorial Fellow (Enterprise), Principal Audiological Scientist

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Prof Nicole (Nicci) Campbell is a Professorial Fellow (Enterprise)/Principal Audiological Scientist, based at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS), an enterprise unit within Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Cochlear implants (bionic ears) have completely transformed the lives of those with severe and profound hearing loss over the past 30 years. Our multi-disciplinary team supports over 1000 cochlear implant patients, ranging in age from less than I year to over 90 years of age. Seeing the success of our patients is tremendously rewarding!

In addition to her NHS patient caseload, Nicci is the USAIS Academic Coordinator and Team Lead for both the Self-funded Cochlear Implant Service and the Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Service.

As Academic Coordinator at USAIS she oversees the teaching activities of staff, a role created by the University following her vision to develop close collaboration between USAIS and the Audiology Department at the University.  This win-win collaboration offers real world patient experience for students as well as invaluable research and other opportunities. Her MSc AUDI 6012 Auditory Implant Module, in particular, is consistently rated as excellent by students. Nicci has also developed and oversees the popular 12-week clinical placement programme at USAIS.  Past clinical placement trainees have excelled and gone on to set up and develop cochlear implant services around the world as well as  securing substantive clinical and research positions, both nationally and internationally. Countries that have benefitted from this expertise include Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Canada, Netherlands and Belgium. Visit Clinical Placements to find out more.


Photo of Manal Alibrahim (Clinical Placement Trainee, Saudi Arabia)
“I greatly enjoyed my 12-week clinical placement at USAIS. Dr Nicci Campbell, my mentor, is one of the most inspiring of teachers I’ve ever met. I was very impressed with the amount of information and clinical skills I acquired. By the end of the placement I was able to see patients independently and felt comfortable in my knowledge and skills, and excited about returning home. This training was challenging, stimulating and inspiring. It was a wonderful opportunity for which I am most grateful”
Manal Alibrahim (Clinical Placement Trainee, Saudi Arabia)

Nicci is the team lead for the Self-Funded Cochlear Implant Service at USAIS. This service is for adults who could benefit from cochlear implantation but are not eligible for NHS funding. The service runs parallel to and mirrors our multi-disciplinary NHS service, which has a world-wide reputation for excellence. Click here to find out more information.

Nicci in a tuning session

Case studies

Read about Ian’s journey - one of our self-funded patients

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Nicci set up the first Interdisciplinary Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Service in the UK at USAIS in 2007. The high co-occurrence of APD with language, dyslexia, attention, memory and executive difficulties underscores the importance of a multi-faceted approach. This one-stop service offers integrated assessment and intervention guidance. Click here to find out more about APD. She is currently the chair of the British Society of Audiology’s (BSA) APD group after being unanimously re-elected in July 2017.  Find out more about her role as Chair.



YearDegreeClassAwarding body
1987 B. Logopaedics (Speech-Language Therapy & Audiology) Cum Laude University of Pretoria (S.A)
1993 M. Logopaedics (Speech-Language Therapy & Audiology) Cum Laude

University of Pretoria (S.A)

External examiner: Prof B Stach (Washington University, St. Louis, U.S.)

2003 PhD Communication Pathology -

University of Pretoria

Supervisors: Prof E Alant and Prof T Bellis (University of South Dakota, U.S.)

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Shortlisted for the 2017 THE Awards

Honours, Awards and Leadership positions

Shortlisted in the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017. 2017
BSA Award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the BSA and Wider Audiology Community' 2017
Ruth Spencer Prize for contribution to the field of Auditory Processing Disorder 2016

Advisor – (C)APD Ireland Steering Committee

2016 to date
Trustee – British Society of Audiology 2014-2017
Chair – British Society of Audiology’s APD Steering Committee 2011 – 2014 and re-elected from 2017-2020
Steering Committee member – British Society of Audiology’s APD Group 2014 to date 2007-2009
Co-chair – South African APD Taskforce 2001-2002
AB Clemons Award for research 1988

Research interests

  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Cochlear implants candidacy criteria and outcomes
  • Hearing beyond the audiogram
  • New synchronised bimodal hearing aids

Research Projects

1. ‘Cochlear implant recipients outside NICE Guidelines’

Comparing the outcomes of self-funded/individual funding request (IFR) patients (whose hearing is typically better and thus outside NICE criteria) with the outcomes of NHS patients, and also pre- and post-implantation outcomes. The results have the potential to shape national policy.

2. ‘Outcomes of sequential implantation in self-funded patients’

Comparing the outcomes of NHS CI recipients pre- and post-sequential implantation. Current NICE criteria are for adults to receive only one implant. The results have the potential to shape national policy.

3. ‘Outcomes of cochlear implant users with new synchronised bimodal hearing aids’

Comparing pre- and post-outcomes of cochlear implant patients when fitted with the new bimodal hearing aid technology, i.e. Naida Link hearing aids.

PhD supervision

Current Doctoral Student Project

Manal Alfakhri [Supervisors: Dr Nicci Campbell and Dr Daniel Rowan]

Cochlear implant recipients typically show significant improvements in both audiometric thresholds and speech perception in quiet scores, but often continue to report difficulty hearing in less favourable listening environments, i.e. in the presence of both ‘cocktail’ (competing speakers) noise and environmental noise. This study is looking at the speech-in-noise perception abilities of adults with cochlear implants and exploring ways to overcome the hearing difficulties in less favourable listening environments.

This research forms part of one of the main research theme of USAIS, namely ‘Hearing beyond the audiogram’. Visit Auditory Implant Service to find out more about the audiogram.

Research group

Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing Group

Affiliate research group

University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service and Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.

Research project(s)

A compact and inexpensive virtual acoustics system for clinical and research evaluation of spatial hearing in cochlear implant and hearing aid users

Virtual Acoustics in Hearing Aid Research

Development of a low-cost and small-footprint virtual acoustics system for evaluating spatial hearing outcomes for hearing aid and cochlear implant users in clinic.

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Nicci is the Academic Coordinator for USAIS and oversees the teaching activities of staff and the 12-week clinical placement programme. She is passionate about teaching and offers support to both new and experienced staff members.

In her own teaching she ignites a passion for learning by introducing an element of surprise, ‘cliff-hangers’ and interesting ‘twists’ such as involving with cochlear implant recipients to lecture on her module. This realigns the students’ understanding of the traditional roles of ‘clinician’ versus ‘patient’, and the ability and rights of the Deaf. The students also have the opportunity to interact with patients and see ‘live’ cochlear implant tuning sessions projected onto the ‘big screen’

Her own teaching commitments include:

Module Code
Degree Course
Fundamentals of Auditory Implants AUDI6012

MSc Audiology and

MSci Audiology

Module Coordinator
Paediatric Audiology AUDI 3003 BSc Audiology Lecturer
Engineering Replacement Body Parts UOSM2031  Open module Lecturer
Coordinator of 12 week clinical placements at USAIS which offers Audiologists specialist training in cochlear implants
Lecturer on CUAE (China UK Audiology Education) e-learning course
BSc, MSc and PhD project supervision
Prof Nicole (Nicci) Campbell
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 19/1013

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