Understanding and addressing hearing health inequality in ethnic minority groups in the UK
My research is in hearing health inequality in the UK. It has been found that levels of hearing impairment are higher among minority ethnic groups in the UK, yet hearing aid use is lower. My PhD aims to investigate reasons for this, firstly through examining cultural, socioeconomic and lifestyle factors that may contribute to hearing loss and non-use of hearing aids; secondly through spatial analysis and investigating if geographical factors can influence hearing health outcomes and decisions; and thirdly through consideration of the barriers that may be faced by those from a minority ethnic group when accessing specialist services through the NHS.
My research will use both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the mechanisms behind hearing loss and hearing aid use, and attitudes and beliefs people hold towards them.
Sep 2017 – Sep 2020 (or Sep 2016 – Sep 2020 for the 1+3)
I am a graduate of the MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at CMIST, which I undertook as part of a 1+3 NWDTC-funded program.
My original studies were in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, where I earned a MEng from Swansea University. I then worked as a Data Analyst for Luton Borough Council and Milton Keynes Council, where I conducted analysis on educational attainment, working closely with the Ethnic Minority Achievement Support Service.
Following this, I spent some time at a management consultancy, mainly employed on an Innovate UK project investigating the movement of freight around the UK using agent-based modelling. I then worked as a freelance analyst, again working on an Innovate UK project looking at automatic spend classification using machine learning, among other projects. Alongside this, I completed an MSc in Acoustics at the University of Salford, with a focus on psychoacoustics.
- Laia Bécares (Arkadiusz Wisniowski covering until April 2018)
- Piers Dawes
- Paul Norman
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