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Severe to profound hearing loss and sleep quality.


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Key facts

Type of research degree
4 year PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (outside UK)
Professor Paul Baxter and Dr Ted Killan
Additional supervisors
Dr Jane Blackwell, Mr Simon Carr
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Hearing loss affects approximately 1 in 6 individuals in the UK. There is growing evidence suggesting that individuals with hearing loss experience are more likely to experience reduced sleep quality to normally hearing peers. A potential cause for this association is that living with a hearing loss causes high levels of anxiety or stress, which in turn can affect sleep quality. <br />

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>As sleep plays an important role in physical and mental health, and given the high prevalence of hearing loss, further investigations are warranted in order to better understand this association. Further, it is possible that an as yet undescribed benefit of interventions for hearing loss, such as hearing aids or cochlear implants (CIs), is improvement in sleep quality (and subsequently improved mental and physical health outcomes). Any positive effects will be useful in informing ongoing debates on CI candidacy.</p> <p>This PhD project aims to describe sleep behaviours and experiences in patients with severe to profound hearing loss referred for cochlear implants. It will also investigate whether successful use of CIs lead to improvements in sleep quality. A range of methodologies could be employed including self-report and objective measures of sleep quality. You will be expected to design and implement primary data collection (following obtaining appropriate ethical approval) and analyse and interpret a range of different data types.</p> <p><strong>References:</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>Kim, S.Y., Kim, H.-J., Kim, M.-S., Park, B., Kim, J.-H., Choi, H.G., 2017. Discrepancy between self-assessed hearing status and measured audiometric evaluation. PLoS One.</p> <p>Jansson-Frojmark, M., Linton, S.J., Flink, I.K., Granberg, S., Danermark, B., Norell-Clarke, A., 2012. Cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia co-morbid with hearing impairment: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 19, 224&ndash;234.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Please note these are not standalone projects and applicants must apply to the PhD academy directly.</p> <p>Applications can be made at any time. To apply for this project applicants should complete a<a href=""> Faculty Application Form</a> and send this alongside a full academic CV, degree transcripts (or marks so far if still studying) and degree certificates to the Faculty Graduate School <a href=""></a></p> <p>We also require 2 academic references to support your application. Please ask your referees to send these <a href="">references</a> on your behalf, directly to <a href=""></a></p> <p>If you have already applied for other projects using the Faculty Application Form this academic session you do not need to complete this form again. Instead you should email fmhgrad to inform us you would like to be considered for this project.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

A degree in biological sciences, dentistry, medicine, midwifery, nursing, psychology or a good honours degree in a subject relevant to the research topic. A Masters degree in a relevant subject may also be required in some areas of the Faculty. For entry requirements for all other research degrees we offer, please contact us.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study. The Faculty of Medicine and Health minimum requirements in IELTS and TOEFL tests for PhD, MSc, MPhil, MD are: &acirc;&euro;&cent; British Council IELTS - score of 7.0 overall, with no element less than 6.5 &acirc;&euro;&cent; TOEFL iBT - overall score of 100 with the listening and reading element no less than 22, writing element no less than 23 and the speaking element no less than 24.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:<a href=""></a> t: +44 (0)113 343 8221.</p>

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