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Doctor Kate Hough

Dr Kate Hough

Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology

Research interests

  • Hearing loss
  • Cochlear implants
  • Macrophages

More research


A Post-doctoral Research Fellow of Neuroimmunology within Clinical and Experimental Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine, at University of Southampton. Kate's research interests include investigating the immunological mechanisms of hearing loss, how the immune system interacts with cochlear implants and how to improve hearing outcomes for people with a cochlear implant. Kate works closely with colleagues in Faculty of Medicine and University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. 

Kate is passionate about engaging with people of all ages to raise awareness of good hearing and brain health through building connections and partnerships with members of our local community. Kate leads a patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE) group called ALL_EARS@UoS for people with lived experience of hearing loss and cochlear implants . The aim of our group is to build a partnership between researchers and patients/members of the public which empowers the members of the group to contribute to important research and make a difference for those people with hearing loss and their families.

Kate is keen to improve the culture around mental health, wellbeing, and equality in academia and has been part of the School of Biological Sciences - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee since November 2019. Kate was also part of the Athena Swan Working Group from November 2019 to December 2022 which was successful in their Athena Swan Silver Renewal Application.

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