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Mr Giorgos Dritsakis 

Postgraduate research student

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Mr Giorgos Dritsakis is Postgraduate research student within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Qualifications:

2013- : PhD - University of Southampton | 'The development of a ‘music-related quality of life’ questionnaire for adult cochlear implant users'

2011-2012: MA Linguistics – Leiden University (The Netherlands) | ‘The effect of spectral smearing on intonation discrimination with simulations of cochlear implants’

2006-2010: BA Philology - University of Athens (Greece) | ‘Fluency in aphasic speakers’

Achievements:

April 2015 | 2015 Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses student aid.

April 2015 | Action on Hearing Loss travel grant for Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses 2015, 12-17 July, Lake Tahoe, CA.

June 2013 | 3-year full PhD studentship, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment (FEE), University of Southampton

August 2012 | MA diploma in Linguistics ‘Cum Laude’ (with distinction), Leiden University, NL

Research interests

I am interested in assessing the outcomes of various interventions, such as new technologies and auditory training, on the speech understanding, music perception and enjoyment as well as the quality of life of adult CI and other hearing impaired listeners. I am particularly interested in the use of questionnaires to measure subjective CI outcomes.

Research project

Music rehabilitation for cochlear implant users

“Users of cochlear implants report that they find it difficult to identify musical instruments, that music does not sound as it should and that they don’t listen to it much. However, it has been suggested that if we train the brain to hear music we may improve music understanding and enjoyment! A music training programme for this purpose has been recently developed here at the University of Southampton! But how can we know if this training actually helps? Although we have music tests to be used in the lab, there is no measure to evaluate the benefits of music training in real-world everyday situations. The purpose of my PhD is to fill this gap by developing a questionnaire to assess how well cochlear implant users perceive music, how they feel about it, and how often they participate in musical activities! No study so far has approached the relationship of cochlear implant users with music from such a broad perspective!” (from my talk for the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment (FEE) 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition Final, 4-5-2015)

A prototype questionnaire was developed after a series of focus groups with adult CI users and was then refined on the basis of expert feedback. As a next step, the questionnaire will be administered to adult CI users, hearing-aid users and normal-hearing adults for further refinement and validation. The administration of the questionnaire will start in October 2016. If you are interested to participate or you would like more details about my project, please email me. The project is expected to run until June 2016.

Supervisors
Dr. Rachel van Besouw
Dr Carl Verschuur 
Dr. Mike Wald

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Publications and Presentations

Giorgos Dritsakis, Rachel van Besouw & Carl Verschuur (2015). The development of a ‘music-related quality of life’ questionnaire for adult cochlear implant users. Poster presented at the 2015 Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses (CIAP), 12-17 July, Lake Tahoe, CA (please email me if you would like to see the poster)

Van de Velde, Daan J., Dritsakis, Giorgos, Frijns, Johan H. M., van Heuven, Vincent J., & Schiller, Niels Olaf. (2015). The effect of spectral smearing on the identification of pure F0 intonation contours in vocoder simulations of cochlear implants. Cochlear Implants International, 16(2), 77–87.

Giorgos Dritsakis & Rachel van Besouw (2014). : A conceptual framework for studying cochlear implant users' relationship with music: 'Music-related Quality of Life'. Poster presented at the 2014 British Society of Audiology (BSA) Annual Conference, 1-3 September, Keele, UK (please email me if you would like to see the poster)

Teaching assistant | Speech sciences for Audiologists, 2nd year Audiology module, ISVR, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment (FEE)

Teaching assistant | Sound and Voice, 2nd year Modern Languages module, Faculty of Humanities

Mr Giorgos Dritsakis
Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ Email: gd1y12@soton.ac.uk Telephone: +44(0)2380594958
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