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Dr Karolina Kluk

Photograph of Karolina Kluk

Senior Lecturer in Audiology

Audiology & Deafness Research Group
Ellen Wilkinson Building, Room B2.7
Oxford Rd, M13 9PL
Manchester, UK


My role as a lecturer combines research, teaching and administration duties.

I am Athena Swan lead for School of Psychological Sciences and recently secured a Silver Award for SPS. 


My PhD research, supervised by Prof. Brian Moore, focused on detecting and characterising 'dead regions' in the cochlea, which I studied using psychophysical techniques. After finishing my PhD I decided to broaden my range of skills and with support of DRUK Pauline Ashley Prize (2005) I moved to Toronto to learn human electrophysiology from Prof. Terrence Picton and Dr Sasha John. I now aim to develop objective methods for diagnosing ‘dead regions’ in infants using auditory steady-state responses and developing objective audiological test-battery. Furthermore, I work on electrophysiological and perceptual effects of learning- and deprivation-induced cortical plasticity. I am intrigued by the ability of the mature auditory system to reorganize in response to training or deprivation. My fascination with the flexibility of the brain started my investigation into the possibilities of using electrophysiological methods for assessing auditory and vestibular function. I am also involved in research on fitting/processing strategies with electric (CI) and electric-acoustic stimulation (EAS). I am a PI on MRC DPFS Project Grant G1001517 - 'Development of an objective audiological-test battery' and a Co-I on MRC Programme Grant MR/K018094/1- 'The physiological bases and perceptual consequences of 'sub-clinical' noise-induced hearing loss'. 



  • HCDI34440 - Tinnitus, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology)
  • HCDI 20650 - Auditory Evoked Potentials Practicals, BScAudiology year 2
  • HCDI 38880 - Audiology Research Project
  • I am also an Academic Advisor to 14 students


  • PSYC 60060 - Auditory Evoked Potentials Practicals, MSc Audiology
  • PSYC 61616 -  MSc Research Dissertation (3 projects/dissertations)
  • PSYC 64003 - Research Project STP Dissertation (4 projects/dissertations)

      I also contribute to:

  • PSYC 62010 & 60041 - Neurosensory Science, MSc in Clinical Sciences (Neurosensory Sciences)
  • PSYC 60080 & 62100 - Clinical Applications of Neurosensory Science, MSc in Clinical Sciences (Neurosensory Sciences)
  • PSYC 60091 & 60650 - Adult Auditory Assessment and Management


My fascination with research started when, as a postgraduate student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, I secured an Erasmus Socrates Studentship to study at the University of Cambridge. I conducted a research project under the supervision of Professor Brian Moore at the Department of Experimental Psychology. Soon after obtaining my MSc degree in Physics I started my PhD in Prof Moore's group. I completed my PhD in 2005 and was awarded Pauline Ashley Prize from Deafness Research UK. I used the prize to spend six months at the Evoked Response Laboratory of Professor Terry Picton at the University of Toronto, where I learned electrophysiological techniques for human auditory research. My independent research started in 2006, when I became a Lecturer at the University of Manchester (UoM) working 0.6 FTE at the UoM and 0.4 FTE at the Central Manchester Children’s University Hospital. In 2007 I took up a full-time Lecturer position at the UoM. I was on maternity leave in 2008/2009, and in 2013/2014, and in 2013 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. My research falls within two core themes that can be classified as auditory neuroscience (fundamental research) and translational hearing science (applied research) funded by research grants from a variety of sources including the Medical Research Council  (MRC), the Wellcome Trust, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), charities and international industries, for example Cochlear, Advanced Bionics and Phonak. 



Department of Experimental Psychology,                                            
University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK; 2002-2006
Thesis title: Measuring and characterising dead regions.


Institute of Acoustics, Department of Physics      
University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland; 1999-2001
Thesis title: Speech intelligibility in noise for people with dead regions.


Hearing Prosthetics, Institute of Acoustics, Department of Physics          
University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poznan, Poland; 1996-1999

Collaborators and affiliated staff

  • Professor BCJ Moore, Experimental Psychology, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Professor T Picton, Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Dr M S John, Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Prof James Colebatch, Neurology, Prince of Wales Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Dr N Todd, Neuroscience Research Institute, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Professor C McKay, Audiology and Deafness Research Group, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Professor C Plack, Audiology and Deafness Research Group, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr K Munro, Audiology and Deafness Research Group, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr K Uus, Audiology and Deafness Research Group, The University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr A Malicka, The University of Queensland, Australia





  • Fielden, C., Fielden, C. A., Kluk, K., & McKay, C. M. (2013).

    Place specificity of monopolar and tripolar stimuli in cochlear implants: The influence of residual masking. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(6), 4109-4123. DOI:10.1121/1.4803909. Publication link: f8049eee-6fdf-4a71-8194-a90048477eba | PubMed:23742363
  • McKay, C. M., Chandan, K., Akhoun, I., Siciliano, C., & Kluk, K. (2013).

    Can ECAP measures be used for totally objective programming of cochlear implants?. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology : JARO, 14(6), 879-890. DOI:10.1007/s10162-013-0417-9. Publication link: 19942ef7-3721-4c8f-9e55-23dde8d31c74 | PubMed:24048907


  • Kluk-de Kort, K., Warnaar, B., & Dreschler, W. A. (2012).

    Agreement between psychophysical tuning curves and the threshold equalizing noise test in dead region identification. International Journal of Audiology, 51(6), 456-464. DOI:10.3109/14992027.2012.658969. Publication link: e3ea1f46-57a0-4f22-816e-62544e615308 | PubMed:22429189
  • Visram, A. S., Azadpour, M., Kluk, K., & McKay, C. M. (2012).

    Beneficial acoustic speech cues for cochlear implant users with residual acoustic hearing.Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131(5), 4042-4050. DOI:10.1121/1.3699191. Publication link: 9e14fa7b-2f31-4efd-94e6-d14d7f91ff3a | PubMed:22559377
  • Visram, A. S., Kluk, K., & McKay, C. M. (2012).

    Voice gender differences and separation of simultaneous talkers in cochlear implant users with residual hearing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132(2), EL135-EL141. DOI:10.1121/1.4737137. Publication link: 8dd1e610-9af5-46f1-bf54-966cef5279b0 | PubMed:22894312
  • Wilding, T. S., McKay, C. M., Baker, R. J., & Kluk, K. (2012).

    Auditory steady state responses in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired adults: An analysis of between-session amplitude and latency repeatability, test time, and f ratio detection paradigms. Ear and Hearing, 33(2), 267-278. DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e318230bba0. Publication link: ae632b7c-8d66-41f6-a360-cd0b7f34b965 | PubMed:21909024






  • Baer, T., Moore, B. C. J., & Kluk, K. (2002).

    Effects of low pass filtering on the intelligibility of speech in noise for people with and without dead regions at high frequencies. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112(3 I), 1133-1144. DOI:10.1121/1.1498853. Publication link: 5c4ebe46-3b01-46c0-b7d2-42d02c555016 | PubMed:12243160

Research projects