Dr Kevin Munro  PhD, MSc

Photograph of Kevin Munro

Ewing Professor of Audiology

School of Psychological Sciences
A3.11 Ellen Wilkinson Building 
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL


Prior to working in academia, I was employed as a full time audiology healthcare professional within, or funded by, the National Health Service (1987-2002).  Since 2002, I have been employed by the University of Manchester (Clinical Senior Lecturer 2002-05, Reader in Audiology 2006-2010, Professor of Audiology 2011).  I hold honorary contracts with several NHS Trusts including Consultant Scientist at Central Manchester Foundation Trust. I have a number of administrative/leadership roles including Director of Graduate Matters within the School of Psychological Sciences.  I am also vice-chair of the Bristish Society of Audiology.

I moved to an academic post (after completing my PhD in 2002) in order to pursue a career as a translational researcher of international calibre.  My research and teaching is motivated by the desire to influence and improve clinical practice for adults and children with a hearing and/or balance related disorder. My vision is to build and lead a team of researchers that is admired by international researchers and audiology practitioners alike for: i) the quality of the translational research, and ii) its impact on clinical practice. 

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

British Society of Audiology

British Academy of Audiology

American Academy of Audiology 

American Auditory Society 

Higher Education Academy


I carry our translational research by asking hypothesis-driven research questions that impact on clinical practice. My research activities generally fall within the following categories:

  • plasticity in the auditory system
  • selection and verification of hearing instruments
  • off-frequency listening and 'dead regions' in the cochlea


  • MSc Audiology
    • Foundations of Paediatric Audiology (MS6552)
    • Sensory Aids (MS6772)
    •  Practical, Clinical and Professional Studies (MS6880)
  • BSc Audiology
    • Paediatric Audiology (ED2462)
    • Instrumentation and Hearing Aids (ED2482)
    • Optional fouth year module
    • Practicals and Clinics I (ED1550)
    • Practicals and Clinics II (ED2650)


  • MSc Audiology
    • Co-ordinator of Foundations of Paediatric Audiology (MS6552)
    • Co-ordinator of Sensory Aids (MS6772)
    • Co-ordinator of dissertation (MS000B)
    • Personnal Tutor to all students
  • BSc Audiology
    • Co-ordinator of Paediatric Audiology (ED2462)
    • Co-ordinator of Instrumentation and Hearing Aids (ED2482)
    • Co-ordinator of dissertation
    • Co-ordinator of fouth year (optional) module


Dr Kevin Munro has a background in medical sciences and obtained an MSc (Distinction) and PhD in Audiology at the University of Southampton.  He also has a Diploma in Management Studies.  In August 2002, Kevin took up the position of Clinical Senior Lecturer in Audiology at the University of Manchester and was promoted to Reader in 2005 and then Professor in 2011.  Prior to this time, he worked as a clinical scientist in audiology and has been Head of several clinical audiology servicess including the Regional Audiology Clinic at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton.  He has extensive clinical experience that includes the assessment and rehabilitation of hearing and balance disorders in adults, and  the assessment and habilitation of hearing (including cochlear implants) in children.   His research interests include paediatric assessment and habilitation, plasticity of the auditory system, and ‘dead regions’ within the cochlea.  in 2001, the British Society of Audiology awarded Kevin the Thomas Simm Littler prize for his contribution to research in audiology.  In 2008, the British Society of Audiology then awarded him the Jos Millar shield.  He is involved in a variety of professional activities, was a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Audiology and is a former editor of British Society of Audiology News.  He is a former Chief Examiner for the British Association of Audiological Scientists. He will become Chair of the British Society of Audiology in 2012 after serving as Vice Chair from 2010-2012. He has organised many professional and scientific conferences including the 2010 annual conference of the British Society of Audiology.


State Registered Clinical Scientist

Collaborators and affiliated staff

Professor Richard Seewald, National Center for Audiology, University of Western Ontario

Dr Suzanne Purdy, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Auckland

Selected publications


  • Maslin MRD, Munro KJ, El-Deredy W. (2012). Source analysis reveals plasticity in the auditory cortex: evidence for reduced hemispheric asymmetries following unilateral deafness. Clinical Neurophysiology, eScholarID:177205
  • Schaette R, Turtle C, Munro KJ. (2012). Reversible Induction of Phantom Auditory Sensations through Simulated Unilateral Hearing Loss. PLoS ONE, 7(6), e35238. eScholarID:177195 | DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0035238


  • Dawes, P., Powell, S. & Munro, K (2011). The Placebo Effect and the Influence of Participant Expectation on Hearing Aid Trials. Ear and hearing, 32(6), 767. eScholarID:146753 | PMID:21730857 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e3182251a0e
  • Munro, K., Purdy, S., Ahmed, S., Begum, R. & Dillon, H (2011). Obligatory cortical auditory evoked potential waveform detection and differentiation using a commercially available clinical system: HEARLabâ„¢. Ear Hear, 32(6), 782-6. eScholarID:146752 | PMID:21566525 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e318220377e


  • Munro KJ. (2010). Audiology. In EC Goldstein (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Perception. (pp. 128-132). London: Sage. eScholarID:84600
  • Hamilton, A. & Munro, K (2010). Uncomfortable loudness levels in experienced unilateral and bilateral hearing aid users: evidence of adaptive plasticity following asymmetrical sensory input? Int J Audiol, 49(9), 667-71. eScholarID:146756 | PMID:20438301 | DOI:10.3109/14992021003713114
  • Howard, C., Munro, K. & Plack, C (2010). Listening effort at signal-to-noise ratios that are typical of the school classroom. Int J Audiol, 49(12), 928-32. eScholarID:146758 | PMID:21047295 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2010.520036
  • Malicka, A., Munro, K. & Baker, R (2010). Diagnosing cochlear dead regions in children. Ear & hearing, 31(2), 238. eScholarID:146754 | PMID:19935424 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e3181c34ccb
  • Munro, K. & Contractor, A (2010). Inter-aural attenuation with insert earphones. Int J Audiol, 49(10), 799-801. eScholarID:146757 | PMID:20735285 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2010.497940
  • Munro, K. & Howlin, E (2010). Comparison of real-ear to coupler difference values in the right and left ear of hearing aid users. Ear Hear, 31(1), 146-50. eScholarID:146755 | PMID:19745743 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e3181b8399b
  • Munro KJ. (2010). Brain plasticity: there's more to hearing than your ears. The Hearing Journal, 63, 10-16. eScholarID:116862


  • Beukes, E., Munro, K. & Purdy, S (2009). Duration-sensitive neurons in the auditory cortex. Neuroreport, 20(13), 1129-33. eScholarID:146761 | PMID:19597375 | DOI:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32832ea601
  • Malicka, A., Munro, K. & Baker, R (2009). Fast method for psychophysical tuning curve measurement in school-age children. Int J Audiol, 48(8), 546-53. eScholarID:146762 | PMID:19842808 | DOI:10.1080/14992020902845899
  • Markessis, E., Nasr-Addine, H., Colin, C., Hoonhorst, I., Collet, G., Deltenre, P., Munro, K. & Moore, B (2009). Effect of presentation level on diagnosis of dead regions using the threshold equalizing noise test. Int J Audiol, 48(2), 55-62. eScholarID:146759 | PMID:19219689 | DOI:10.1080/14992020802441807
  • Munro, K. & Blount, J (2009). Adaptive plasticity in brainstem of adult listeners following earplug-induced deprivation. J Acoust Soc Am, 126(2), 568-71. eScholarID:146760 | PMID:19640020 | DOI:10.1121/1.3161829


  • Munro KJ, Malikca A. (2008). Cochlear dead regions in children: assessment and management issues. In Richard Seewald and John Bamford (Ed.), A sound foundation through early amplification 2007. (pp. 135-150). eScholarID:68256
  • Day J (ed), Green RJ, Munro KJ, Parry G, Shaw P, Wood SA, Brown E, Sutton GJ. (2008). Visual reinforcement audiometry testing of infants. A recommended test protocol. (Version 2.0). Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (England). http://hearing.screening.nhs.uk/protocols_audioassess, eScholarID:1d34054
  • Munro, K (2008). Reorganization of the Adult Auditory System: Perceptual and Physiological Evidence From Monaural Fitting of Hearing Aids. Trends in amplification, 12(3), 254. eScholarID:146765 | PMID:18694879 | DOI:10.1177/1084713808323483
  • Munro KJ. (2008). A tribute to Stuart Gatehouse, 1950-2007. Newsletter of British Academy of Audiology (reproduced in BSA News), 8, 11-15. eScholarID:69605


  • Cairns, S., Frith, R., Munro, K. & Moore, B (2007). Repeatability of the TEN(HL) test for detecting cochlear dead regions. Int J Audiol, 46(10), 575-84. eScholarID:146767 | PMID:17922347 | DOI:10.1080/14992020701264128
  • Hall, A., Munro, K. & Heron, J (2007). Developmental changes in word recognition threshold from two to five years of age in children with different middle ear status. Int J Audiol, 46(7), 355-61. eScholarID:146764 | PMID:17680467 | DOI:10.1080/14992020701331570
  • Munro, K., Pisareva, N., Parker, D. & Purdy, S (2007). Asymmetry in the auditory brainstem response following experience of monaural amplification. Neuroreport, 18(17), 1871-4. eScholarID:146766 | PMID:18090329 | DOI:10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f1b003
  • Munro, K., Walker, A. & Purdy, S (2007). Evidence for adaptive plasticity in elderly monaural hearing aid users. Neuroreport, 18(12), 1237-40. eScholarID:146813 | PMID:17632274 | DOI:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32822025f4
  • Munro KJ. (2007). Integrating cochlear dead regions into the hearing aid fitting process. Phonak Focus, 1-20. eScholarID:68267


  • Munro, K. & Millward, K (2006). The influence of RECD transducer when deriving real-ear sound pressure level. Ear Hear, 27(4), 409-23. eScholarID:146768 | PMID:16825890 | DOI:10.1097/01.aud.0000224123.22568.82
  • Munro, K. & Trotter, J (2006). Preliminary evidence of asymmetry in uncomfortable loudness levels after unilateral hearing aid experience: evidence of functional plasticity in the adult auditory system. Int J Audiol, 45(12), 684-8. eScholarID:146769 | PMID:17132556 | DOI:10.1080/14992020600640444


  • Munro KJ. (2005). Update on RECD measures in children. Presented at A sound foundation through early amplification. eScholarID:2d1897
  • Munro, K. & Buttfield, L (2005). Comparison of real-ear to coupler difference values in the right and left ear of adults using three earmold configurations. Ear Hear, 26(3), 290-8. eScholarID:146773 | PMID:15937410 | DOI:10.1097/00003446-200506000-00005
  • Munro, K. & Lutman, M (2005). Sound quality judgements of new hearing instrument users over a 24-week post-fitting period. Int J Audiol, 44(2), 92-101. eScholarID:146771 | PMID:15913157 | DOI:10.1080/14992020500031090
  • Munro, K. & Lutman, M (2005). The influence of visual feedback on closed-set word test performance over time. Int J Audiol, 44(12), 701-5. eScholarID:146774 | PMID:16450921 | DOI:10.1080/14992020500271795
  • Munro, K. & Toal, S (2005). Measuring the real-ear to coupler difference transfer function with an insert earphone and a hearing instrument: are they the same? Ear Hear, 26(1), 27-34. eScholarID:146770 | PMID:15692302 | DOI:10.1097/00003446-200502000-00003
  • Munro, K., Felthouse, C., Moore, B. & Kapadia, S (2005). Reassessment of cochlear dead regions in hearing-impaired teenagers with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Int J Audiol, 44(8), 470-7. eScholarID:146772 | PMID:16149242 | DOI:10.1080/14992020500145783


  • Munro KJ. (2004). Integrating the RECD into the hearing instrument fitting process. eScholarID:3d391


  • Moore, B., Killen, T. & Munro, K (2003). Application of the TEN test to hearing-impaired teenagers with severe-to-profound hearing loss. Int J Audiol, 42(8), 465-74. eScholarID:146777 | PMID:14658854 | DOI:10.3109/14992020309081516
  • Munro, K. & Davis, J (2003). Deriving the real-ear SPL of audiometric data using the "coupler to dial difference" and the "real ear to coupler difference". Ear Hear, 24(2), 100-10. eScholarID:146775 | PMID:12677107 | DOI:10.1097/01.AUD.0000058114.20741.4D
  • Munro, K. & Lutman, M (2003). The effect of speech presentation level on measurement of auditory acclimatization to amplified speech. J Acoust Soc Am, 114(1), 484-95. eScholarID:146776 | PMID:12880059 | DOI:10.1121/1.1577556


  • Munro, K. & Salisbury, V (2002). Is the real-ear to coupler difference independent of the measurement earphone? Int J Audiol, 41(7), 408-13. eScholarID:146779 | PMID:12403609 | DOI:10.3109/14992020209090418


  • Martin, H., Munro, K. & Lam, M (2001). Perforation of the tympanic membrane and its effect on the real-ear-to-coupler difference acoustic transform function. Br J Audiol, 35(4), 259-64. eScholarID:146778 | PMID:11694100
  • Munro, K. & Lazenby, A (2001). Use of the 'real-ear to dial difference' to derive real-ear SPL from hearing level obtained with insert earphones. Br J Audiol, 35(5), 297-306. eScholarID:146782 | PMID:11824532


  • Munro, K. & Hatton, N (2000). Customized acoustic transform functions and their accuracy at predicting real-ear hearing aid performance. Ear Hear, 21(1), 59-69. eScholarID:146781 | PMID:10708074


  • Munro, K. & Agnew, N (1999). A comparison of inter-aural attenuation with the Etymotic ER-3A insert earphone and the Telephonics TDH-39 supra-aural earphone. Br J Audiol, 33(4), 259-62. eScholarID:146784 | PMID:10509860
  • Munro, K., Benton, C. & Marchbanks, R (1999). Sonotubometry findings in children at high risk from middle ear effusion. Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci, 24(3), 223-7. eScholarID:146783 | PMID:10384850


  • Munro, K. & Bonnington, C (1998). Balancing the caloric-induced nystagmus velocity with cold air and water. Br J Audiol, 32(5), 301-4. eScholarID:146786 | PMID:9845028
  • Munro, K. & Patel, R (1998). Are clinical measurements of uncomfortable loudness levels a valid indicator of real-world auditory discomfort? Br J Audiol, 32(5), 287-93. eScholarID:146785 | PMID:9845026


  • Martin, H., Munro, K. & Langer, D (1997). Real-ear to coupler differences in children with grommets. Br J Audiol, 31(1), 63-9. eScholarID:146787 | PMID:9056044
  • Munro, K. & Cox, C (1997). Investigation of hearing impairment in Cavalier King Charles spaniels using auditory brainstem response audiometry. J Small Anim Pract, 38(1), 2-5. eScholarID:146788 | PMID:9121129
  • Munro, K., Paul, B. & Cox, C (1997). Normative auditory brainstem response data for bone conduction in the dog. J Small Anim Pract, 38(8), 353-6. eScholarID:146790 | PMID:9282342
  • Munro, K., Shiu, J. & Cox, C (1997). The effect of head size on the auditory brainstem response for two breeds of dog. Br J Audiol, 31(5), 309-14. eScholarID:146791 | PMID:9373740
  • Shiu, J., Munro, K. & Cox, C (1997). Normative auditory brainstem response data for hearing threshold and neuro-otological diagnosis in the dog. J Small Anim Pract, 38(3), 103-7. eScholarID:146789 | PMID:9097241


  • Moon, J. & Munro, K (1996). A comparison of test-retest variability of caloric induced nystagmus in a normal population using an air stimulus presented via a standard and modified irrigating probe. Br J Audiol, 30(3), 221-6. eScholarID:146794 | PMID:8818249
  • Munro, K. & Dees, D (1996). An improvement in hearing sensitivity following hearing-aid fitting in a child with an apparent sensorineural hearing impairment. J Laryngol Otol, 110(4), 362-5. eScholarID:146792 | PMID:8733460
  • Munro, K. & Higson, J (1996). The test-retest variability of the caloric test: a comparison of a modified air irrigation with the conventional water technique. Br J Audiol, 30(5), 303-6. eScholarID:146795 | PMID:8922694
  • Munro, K., George, C. & Haacke, N (1996). Audiological findings after multichannel cochlear implantation in patients with Mondini dysplasia. Br J Audiol, 30(6), 369-79. eScholarID:146796 | PMID:8985561
  • Munro, K., Nind, L. & Cleaver, V (1996). The relationship between uncomfortable loudness level and maximum power output in subjects recently fitted with NHS hearing aids. Br J Audiol, 30(4), 275-85. eScholarID:146793 | PMID:8879692


  • Beynon, G. & Munro, K (1995). Measurement of variability in sound field audiometry due to subject movement. Br J Audiol, 29(5), 285-91. eScholarID:146797 | PMID:8838551

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