Dr Kevin Munro PhD, MSc
Ewing Professor of Audiology
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School of Psychological Sciences
A3.11 Ellen Wilkinson Building
University of Manchester
Kevin J Munro is Ewing Professor of Audiology within the School of Psychological Sciences (SPS). He is also an Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist in Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
He is head of the Audiology and Deafness (A&D) research group within SPS. The A&D research group aspires to be the leading centre in the UK and a world leader in three broad areas:
Bridging basic and translational hearing research
Innovative research that translates basic underpinning research into direct benefit to people who have a hearing dysfunction
- Research that underpins and delivers improved services in health care and education for adults and children with a hearing loss.
Our research underpins, and is informed by, our leading role in audiology education and audiological service delivery in the UK. Our multidisciplinary research team includes professionals in audiology, deaf education and medicine, in addition to scientists’ expert in psychophysics, electrophysiology, signal processing and neural imaging. Our research is currently grouped into five themes although there is some overlap. There are also a number of cross-cutting stands including electrophysiological and psychophysical methodologies.
Coding and processing [Theme Lead, Professor Chris Plack]
Clinical assessment and management [Theme Lead, Dr Kai Uus]
Plasticity and ageing [Theme Lead, Professor Kevin J Munro]
Auditory devices and technology [Theme Lead, Dr Michael Stone]
- Improving service delivery [Theme Lead, Professor Wendy McCracken]
Kevin J Munro leads the research theme on Plasticity and ageing. This theme is concerned with understanding the changes that occur over time in the auditory system due to training, deafness, development, or restoration of input to a deaf auditory system. The translational goal of this research is to guide fitting and management options for hearing devices.
Amongst his various university roles, he is currently academic lead for philanthropy within the School of Psychological Sciences (SPS), and one of the Chairs of the University Student Discipline, Complaints and Appeals Committee. He is a former Director of Graduate Matters for SPS.
His professional roles have included Chairman of the British Society of Audiology, Chief Examiner for the Certificate of Audiological Competence (CAC) and Chairman of the Board of Senior Examiners.
He is involved in a variety of public engagement activities.
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 and ageing in the auditory system
- assessment and management of hearing disorders (e.g., selection and verification of hearing instruments, off-frequency listening and 'dead regions' in the cochlea, listening effort and fatigue)
- epidemiology of hearing loss
- auditory genetics
Teaching is primarily focused on UG and PG programmes in Audiology:
Advanced hearing instruments and contemporary trends in aural rehabilitation: BSc3 (HCDI 3221)
Dissertation: MSc (PSYC 61616)
Research project introduction: MSc (PSYC 64002)
Research project: MSc (PSYC 64003)
Contribute to other teaching units including: (i) Auditory Assessment and Management (MSc, PSYC 60095 and PSYC 60651) and (ii) Clinical and Behavioural Neuroscience (MSc, PSYC 60142)
The early career of Kevin J Munro was spent as a hearing health care professional within, or funded by, the National Health Service. He is a state registered clinical scientist with clinical experience in all areas of adult and paediatric assessment and rehabilitation. He entered academia in 2002, after completing a PhD on the topic of perceptual learning and auditory acclimatisation, in order to pursue a career as a researcher of international calibre. His research and teaching is motivated by the desire to influence and improve clinical practice for adults and children with hearing and/or balance related disorders. He has a well-established national and international reputation in hearing health care with a proven ability to plan and shape the direction of research and teaching activities. He has an extensive track record of: i) teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, ii) published research, and iii) presenting research findings at conferences and professional meetings. He attracts research grant support from a variety of sources including MRC, NIHR, charities and international industries. His research is acknowledged to have made a significant impact on profession, industry and clinical practice. He is actively involved in professional activities at a national and international level.
PhD in Audiology
MSc in Audiology
PG Diploma Management Studies
BSc Medical Sciences
Collaborators and affiliated staff
Professor David Moore, Cincinatti Childrens Hospital Medical Centre
Professor Brian Moore, University of Cambridge
Professor Suzanne Purdy, University of Auckland
Professor Richard Seewald, University of western Ontario
Dr Harvey Dillon, National Acoustics Laboratory, Australia
Dr Roland Schaette, University College London
Dr Heather Fortnum and Dr Mark Edmondson-Jones, University of Nottingham
Dr Brent Edwards and Dr Sridhar Kalluri, Starkey Hearing Research Centre, USA
Dr Tony Payton, University of Manchester
Dawes P, Munro KJ, Kalluri S, Edwards B. (2014).
Acclimatization to hearing aids. Ear and Hearing, 35, 203-212. eScholarID:200562
Dawes, P., Cruickshanks, K., Moore, D., Edmondson-Jones, M., McCormack, A., Fortnum, H. & Munro, K (2014).
Dawes, P., Maslin, M. & Munro, K (2014).
Dawes, P., Munro, K., Kalluri, S. & Edwards, B (2014).
Auditory acclimatization and hearing aids: late auditory evoked potentials and speech recognition following unilateral and bilateral amplification. J Acoust Soc Am, 135(6), 3560-9. eScholarID:236567 | PMID:24907819 | DOI:10.1121/1.4874629
Dawes, P., Platt, H., Horan, M., Ollier, W., Munro, K., Pendleton, N. & Payton, A (2014).
Dickinson, A., Baker, R., Siciliano, C. & Munro, K (2014).
Adaptation to nonlinear frequency compression in normal-hearing adults: A comparison of training approaches. Int J Audiol, 53(10), 719-29. eScholarID:236565 | PMID:24975233 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.921338
Hopkins, K., Khanom, M., Dickinson, A. & Munro, K (2014).
Benefit from non-linear frequency compression hearing aids in a clinical setting: the effects of duration of experience and severity of high-frequency hearing loss. Int J Audiol, 53(4), 219-28. eScholarID:236563 | PMID:24617592 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2013.873956
McCormack, A., Edmondson-Jones, M., Fortnum, H., Dawes, P., Middleton, H., Munro, K. & Moore, D (2014).
The prevalence of tinnitus and the relationship with neuroticism in a middle-aged UK population. J Psychosom Res, 76(1), 56-60. eScholarID:236571 | PMID:24360142 | DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.08.018
McGarrigle, R., Munro, K., Dawes, P., Stewart, A., Moore, D., Barry, J. & Amitay, S (2014).
Listening effort and fatigue: what exactly are we measuring? A British Society of Audiology Cognition in Hearing Special Interest Group 'white paper'. Int J Audiol, 53(7), 433-40. eScholarID:236572 | PMID:24673660 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.890296
Moore, D., Edmondson-Jones, M., Dawes, P., Fortnum, H., McCormack, A., Pierzycki, R. & Munro, K (2014).
Munro, K., Turtle, C. & Schaette, R (2014).
Plasticity and modified loudness following short-term unilateral deprivation: evidence of multiple gain mechanisms within the auditory system. J Acoust Soc Am, 135(1), 315-22. eScholarID:236569 | PMID:24437771 | DOI:10.1121/1.4835715
Pepler, A., Munro, K., Lewis, K. & Kluk, K (2014).
Repeatability, agreement, and feasibility of using the threshold equalizing noise test and fast psychophysical tuning curves in a clinical setting. Int J Audiol, 53(10), 745-52. eScholarID:236573 | PMID:24909593 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.917207
Sharma, M., Purdy, S., Munro, K., Sawaya, K. & Peter, V (2014).
Effects of broadband noise on cortical evoked auditory responses at different loudness levels in young adults. Neuroreport, 25(5), 312-9. eScholarID:236568 | PMID:24323122 | DOI:10.1097/WNR.0000000000000089
Dawes P, Munro KJ, Kalluri S, Edwards B. (2013).
Unilateral and bilateral hearing aids, spatial release from masking and auditory acclimatization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 134, 596-606. eScholarID:200563
Dawes, P., Hopkins, R. & Munro, K (2013).
Dawes, P., Munro, K., Kalluri, S. & Edwards, B (2013).
Ellis RJ, Munro KJ. (2013).
Does cognitive function predict frequency compressed speech recognition in listeners with normal hearing and normal cognition? International Journal of Audiology, 52, 14-22. eScholarID:200542
Malicka, A., Munro, K., Baer, T., Baker, R. & Moore, B (2013).
The Effect of Low-Pass Filtering on Identification of Nonsense Syllables in Quiet by School-Age Children With and Without Cochlear Dead Regions. Ear Hear, 24, 287-291. eScholarID:200557 | PMID:23337997 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e3182775982
Maslin MRD, Munro KJ, El-Deredy W. (2013).
Source analysis reveals plasticity in the auditory cortex: evidence for reduced hemispheric asymmetries following unilateral deafness. Clin Neurophysiol, 124(2), 391-399. eScholarID:177205 | DOI:10.1016/j.clinph.2012.07.016
Maslin, M., Munro, K. & El-Deredy, W (2013).
Evidence for multiple mechanisms of cortical plasticity: A study of humans with late-onset profound unilateral deafness. Clin Neurophysiol, 124(7), 1414-21. eScholarID:200553 | PMID:23529154 | DOI:10.1016/j.clinph.2012.12.052
Maslin, M., Munro, K. & El-Deredy, W (2013).
Source analysis reveals plasticity in the auditory cortex: evidence for reduced hemispheric asymmetries following unilateral deafness. Clin Neurophysiol, 124(2), 391-9. eScholarID:200559 | PMID:22925836 | DOI:10.1016/j.clinph.2012.07.016
Maslin, M., Munro, K., Lim, V., Purdy, S. & Hall, D (2013).
Investigation of cortical and subcortical plasticity following short-term unilateral auditory deprivation in normal hearing adults. Neuroreport, 24(6), 287-91. eScholarID:200554 | PMID:23442438 | DOI:10.1097/WNR.0b013e32835f66ea
Munro KJ, Merrett JF. (2013).
Brainstem plasticity and modified loudness follwoing short-term use of hearing aids. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 113, 343-349. eScholarID:200543
Purdy, S., Sharma, M., Munro, K. & Morgan, C (2013).
Stimulus level effects on speech-evoked obligatory cortical auditory evoked potentials in infants with normal hearing. Clin Neurophysiol, 124(3), 474-80. eScholarID:200560 | PMID:23117114 | DOI:10.1016/j.clinph.2012.09.011
Schaette, R., Turtle, C. & Munro, K (2012).
Dawes, P., Powell, S. & Munro, K (2011).
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: HEARLab™. 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).
Malicka, A., Munro, K. & Baker, R (2010).
Munro, K. & Contractor, A (2010).
Munro, K. & Howlin, E (2010).
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).
Malicka, A., Munro, K. & Baker, R (2009).
Markessis, E., Nasr-Addine, H., Colin, C., Hoonhorst, I., Collet, G., Deltenre, P., Munro, K. & Moore, B (2009).
Munro, K. & Blount, J (2009).
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).
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).
Munro, K., Walker, A. & Purdy, S (2007).
Munro KJ. (2007).
Integrating cochlear dead regions into the hearing aid fitting process. Phonak Focus, 1-20. eScholarID:68267
Munro, K. & Millward, K (2006).
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).
Munro, K. & Lutman, M (2005).
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).
Munro KJ. (2004).
Integrating the RECD into the hearing instrument fitting process. eScholarID:3d391
Moore, B., Killen, T. & Munro, K (2003).
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).
Munro, K. & Salisbury, V (2002).
Martin, H., Munro, K. & Lam, M (2001).
Munro, K. & Lazenby, A (2001).
Munro, K. & Hatton, N (2000).
Munro, K. & Agnew, N (1999).
Munro, K., Benton, C. & Marchbanks, R (1999).
Munro, K. & Bonnington, C (1998).
Munro, K. & Patel, R (1998).
Martin, H., Munro, K. & Langer, D (1997).
Munro, K. & Cox, C (1997).
Munro, K., Paul, B. & Cox, C (1997).
Munro, K., Shiu, J. & Cox, C (1997).
Shiu, J., Munro, K. & Cox, C (1997).
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).
Munro, K. & Higson, J (1996).
Munro, K., George, C. & Haacke, N (1996).
Munro, K., Nind, L. & Cleaver, V (1996).
Beynon, G. & Munro, K (1995).