Professor Deborah Hall

Deborah Hall

Director, Research Lead (Tinnitus etiology and management), Research Lead (Sensorineural plasticity and rehabilitation)

Following the successful refunding of the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU, Professor Hall became its Director in April 2012, joining the School of Clinical Sciences at the University of Nottingham as Professor of Hearing Sciences. She leads research projects on tinnitus and translational neuroscience.

Deborah graduated from Brunel University in Psychology and completed a PhD in Cognitive Neuropsychology with Professors Glyn Humphreys and Jane Riddoch at Birmingham University in 1996. She moved to the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR) in Nottingham to develop auditory functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), first as a postdoctoral research fellow, then as a programme leader. In 2009, she left to establish cognitive neuroscience teaching and research in the Division of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University, whilst also leading the tinnitus research group at the BRU.

Deborah was awarded the British Society of Audiology Thomas Simm Littler prize in 2010 for her services to audiology. She is currently Section Editor of the international journal ‘Hearing Research’.

Expertise summary

Deborah has been working in the field of auditory fMRI for over 15 years. Her research has introduced novel imaging strategies to circumvent the problem of the background scanner noise and has used these tools to examine acoustical and cognitive aspects of normal and impaired hearing, including pitch perception and auditory selective attention.

Within the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU, her primary research goals are to understand the mechanisms of tinnitus and sensorineural plasticity after hearing loss, as well as to develop an evidence-base for effective tinnitus management strategies. This applied work brings together knowledge of the central auditory system and psychological concepts to develop a more holistic understanding of tinnitus.