Research project

Just Like Me? Can you hear me?

Project overview

In this project we want to capture stories from parents and guardians of young children with cochlear implants. The story from the moment of discovering their child had hearing loss, through watching them grow with their implant, to today.

Humans share stories. These stories can be a powerful way of people finding out about things. Who tells a story can affect how we notice it. It can also affect whether we think it matters to us. What we don’t know is what it is about someone or their story that makes them just like me. If we can understand how to capture stories so that anyone finding the stories finds something that relates to them, we may be able to support people to find out about healthcare, such as cochlear implants, that they may otherwise know nothing about. This could enable more people to get access to cochlear implants.


Lead researcher

Professor Tracey Newman


Research interests

  • The demographic of populations worldwide is changing. People are living longer but with more years with affected by disability in the last two decades of life. The societal and economic consequences of this change are not being well managed. There is a lag in the development of health interventions and a need for rapid learning for future health and infrastructure planning. Typically, people in poorer economic situations are disproportionately affected by disability in later life.
  • Hearing loss and dementia: I lead multidisciplinary research focussed on hearing loss, the use of cochlear implants to restore hearing in otherwise deaf people and the interaction between hearing loss and dementia.
  • My focus is understanding cellular mechanisms in these conditions and also how the learning and methodologies used to investigate this can be applied across discipline boundaries. I am driving the implementation of data science methodologies for improved management of people who hear with cochlear implants and for the identification of early indicators of cognitive decline. I am championing the engagement of patients in research and as ambassadors to increase awareness of healthcare interventions amongst hard to reach and marginalised communities.
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Other researchers

Dr Brian Pickering MA, PGCert, MSc, DPhil, MBPsS, MBCS

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • technology use, especially in healthcare
  • the ethics of AI and explainable AI from a user perspective
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Professor Lucy Green

Professorial Fellow-Enterprise

Research interests

  • Fetal physiology and nutrition
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  • Equality and diversity in research, education and public engagement
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Dr Ran Peleg


Research interests

  • Game based learning 
  • Chemistry education
  • Innovation in teaching and learning
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Collaborating research institutes, centres and groups

Research outputs