- * Bilateral and bimodal cochlear implant fittings: optimisation and outcomes on real-life test measures
- * Beyond the audiogram: Development of real-life test measures
- * Outcomes of self-funded CI users outside of NICE criteria, including sequential bilateral implantation and single sided deafness
- * Hearing and auditory processing disorder (APD) across the lifespan using real-life measures: From cradle to grave
- * Subarachnoid haemorrhage, hearing, cognition and quality of life
Nicci Campbell is currently the lead at USAIS in setting up a state of the art Spatial Hearing and Listening Lab (SHELL). Building is underway with a completion date of mid November 2022.
Nicci and Prof Ian Galea (Neurology) and their respective teams are currently busy with a pilot study looking at cognition, quality of life, hearing and the potential benefit of an assitive listening device in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage. This MSc Audiology project will be taken forward as a PhD study. The work builds on five years of research collaboration and 6 successful student projects.
Current PhD studies:
* Manal Alfakhri: Outcomes of unilateral, bimodal and bilateral cochlear implant users versus normal-hearing listeners on a real-life test battery
* Sarah Alsebai: Speech Recognition and Quality of Life as Outcome Measures in Otitis Media with Effusion in Saudi Children
* Ahmed Bin Afif: Electro-haptic devices in cochhear implant users
Current PhD Students
As Academic Coordinator at USAIS Nicci oversees the teaching activities of over 50 staff members, a role created by the University following her vision to develop a close collaboration between USAIS and the Audiology Department at the University. This win-win collaboration offers real world 'patient' experience for students, empowers our implant users (who are invited as guest lecturers) and offers invaluable research opportunities.
Her MSc AUDI 6012 Auditory Implant Module, the first of its kind in the UK, is consistently rated as excellent by students.
Nicci also teaches on the following modules/courses:
* UOSM 2031 Engineering Replacement Body Parts
* AUDI 6007 Paediatric Audiology
* China UK Audiology Education
She set up and oversees the popular and competitive Cochlear Implant Audiology Clinical Placements at USAIS.
External roles and responsibilities
"Cochlear implants have completely transformed the lives of those with severe and profound deafness over the past 30 years. Our multidisciplinary service, which now also offers bone conduction hearing devices/implants, supports over 1300 auditory implant users, ranging in age from less than one year to over 90 years of age. Seeing the success of our implant users is tremendously rewarding!"
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.
In addition to her NHS patient caseload (primary role), Nicci is the USAIS Academic Coordinator and has also set up and is the Team Lead for both the Self-funded Cochlear Implant Service and the interdisciplinary Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Service.
As Academic Coordinator at USAIS she oversees the teaching activities of over 50 staff members, a role created by the University following her vision to develop a close collaboration between USAIS and the Audiology Department at the University. This win-win collaboration offers a real world 'patient' experience for students, empowers our implant users (who are invited as guest lecturers) and offers invaluable research opportunities. Her MSc AUDI 6012 Auditory Implant Module, the first of its kind in the UK, is consistently rated as excellent by students.
The Self-funded Cochlear Implant Service widens access to adults who would benefit for a cochlear implant but are not eligible for NHS funding, (e.g. just out of criteria, wanting an implant for their other ear - unlike children adults are only eligible for one implant in the UK, or in cases of single-sided deafness). The interdisciplinary APD Service, the first of its kind in the UK, offers support to those with normal hearing but difficulty processing information they hear.
Nicci has 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. Click here to hear from our most recent trainees.
2003: PhD Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria [Supervisors: Prof E Alant and Prof T Bellis (University of South Dakota, USA)]
1993: M. Logopaedics (Cum Laude) (Speech-Language Therapy & Audiology), University of Pretoria [External examiner: Prof B Stach, Washington University, USA]
1987: B. Logopaedics (Cum Laude) (Speech-Language Therapy & Audiology), University of Pretoria
Prizes and awards
2020: Principal Fellow - British Society of Audiology
2018: Senior Fellow - Higher Education Academy
2017: Shortlisted in the 'Most Innovative Teacher of the Year' category of the Times Higher Education Awards
2017: British Society of Audiology Award for "Oustanding contribution to the BSA and wider audiology community"
2016: Ruth Spencer Prize for contribution to the field of Auditory Processing Disorder
1988: AB Clemons Award for research
* Trustee: British Society of Audiology
* Chair: BSA APD Steering Committee
* Joint BSA representative: International Journal of Audiology (IJA) Council
* External advisor: CAPD Ireland
- Shortlisted in the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year category of the Times Higher Education Awards 2017 (2017)
- Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (2018)
- Ruth Spencer Prize 2017 (2016)
- British Society of Audiology Award (2017)