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Professor Steve Bell

Professor Steve Bell


Research interests

  • evoked responses: measuring electrical responses from the hearing and balance system in response to sensory stimulation;
  • evaluating the benefits of hearing aid and cochlear implant technology;
  • principle investigator on the EPSRC funded project ‘Personalized fitting and evaluation of hearing aids with EEG responses’ 

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.

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Steve obtained his first degree in Natural Sciences with final year specialising in Experimental Psychology. He then worked for 4 years in areas of community forensic psychology and dementia care. During that time, he became aware of the clinical scientist training scheme. Audiological Science was particularly appealing to him as it combined direct patient contact with scientific research. He obtained a regional clinical scientist training place from Reading and Windsor which funded him to take the MSc in Audiology at ISVR, University of Southampton and then spent a year training at King Edward VII hospital in Windsor, after which he obtained the Certificate of Audiological Competence (CAC) in 1999. Due to his interest in research he decided to return to the ISVR to study for a PhD, which he completed in 2002. He has since remained at the ISVR. His roles have included leading the MSc in Audiology and carrying out clinical work at the University Auditory Implant Service. He is currently director of programmes for the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research.