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PhD Studentship - Hearing and Cognition after Subarachnoid Haemorrhage Research theme: Hearing beyond the Audiogram

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Sunday 31 May 2020
Reference:  1238020DA

Supervisor:                 Prof Nicole Campbell

Project description

Subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), a subtype of stroke, is a bleed on the surface of the brain. It has a high fatality rate (approximately 50%) and for those who survive it is often a life altering event. There is increasing recognition that, although people with a history of SAH look outwardly healthy, they have substantial "hidden" disability which impairs their daily functioning. Significant neuropsychological issues such as cognitive dysfunction, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are often reported by SAH survivors.

Our pioneering research, published in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology (2019), showed that 25% of SAH survivors experience hearing impairment post SAH despite having a normal audiogram.

It is well known that the audiogram has limitations. It offers information about the threshold perception of pure tones for the frequency range 250-8000Hz. It does not offer an understanding of the real-life impact reported by those with hearing difficulty, i.e. difficulty hearing conversation (speech) particularly in less favourable listening environments, i.e. background noise, competing speech and reverberation.

The project builds on a well-established partnership between the supervisor (Audiology) and co-supervisor (Experimental Neurology/Medicine), including joint research supervision (5 MSc Audiology projects), publications and conference presentations.


Explore the hearing difficulties experienced by SAH survivors and the interplay between hearing, cognition and quality of life in SAH survivors

This is an Institute of Sound and Vibration Centre (ISVR) studentship. ISVR is a leading international centre for research in acoustics and vibration. We have a range of fully funded projects and offer our students a dynamic and supportive research environment, world-class facilities, high quality projects and key skills. 

A postgraduate degree from the University of Southampton will give you the edge in your career in industry or academia.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Nicole Campbell, University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (USAIS), Email:, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 5884.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 May 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Nicole Campbell under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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