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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


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'. 



  • HCDI 40010 - Evidence Based Practice, BSc Audiology year 4

  • HCDI34440 - Tinnitus, BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Audiology)

  • HCDI 20650 - Auditory Evoked Potentials Practicals, BScAudiology year 2

  • HCDI 40670 - Audiology Research Project


  • PSYC 60085 - Understanding Neurosensory System, MSc in Clinical Sciences (Neurosensory Sciences)

  • PSYC 60060 and  - Auditory Evoked Potentials Practicals, MSc Audiology

  • CPD - Auditory Science

  • PSYC B Audiology Dissertation


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., Kluk, K. & McKay, C (2014).

    Interpulse interval discrimination within and across channels: comparison of monopolar and tripolar mode of stimulation. J Acoust Soc Am, 135(5), 2913-22. eScholarID:227407 | PMID:24815271 | DOI:10.1121/1.4869687

  • Paillard, A., Kluk, K. & Todd, N (2014).

    Thresholds for vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) produced by impulsive transmastoid acceleration. Int J Audiol, 53(2), 138-41. eScholarID:227408 | PMID:24304360 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2013.853134

  • Pepler, A., Munro, K., Lewis, K. & Kluk, K (2014).

    Prevalence of cochlear dead regions in new referrals and existing adult hearing aid users. Ear Hear, 35(3), e99-e109. eScholarID:227406 | PMID:24496291 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0000000000000011

  • 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, 1-8. eScholarID:227410 | PMID:24909593 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2014.917207

  • Todd, N., McLean, A., Paillard, A., Kluk, K. & Colebatch, J (2014).

    Vestibular evoked potentials (VsEPs) of cortical origin produced by impulsive acceleration applied at the nasion. Exp Brain Res, eScholarID:236893 | PMID:25138912 | DOI:10.1007/s00221-014-4067-x

  • Todd, N., Paillard, A., Kluk, K., Whittle, E. & Colebatch, J (2014).

    Source analysis of short and long latency vestibular-evoked potentials (VsEPs) produced by left vs. right ear air-conducted 500 Hz tone pips. Hear Res, 312, 91-102. eScholarID:227409 | PMID:24699384 | DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2014.03.006

  • Todd, N., Paillard, A., Kluk, K., Whittle, E. & Colebatch, J (2014).

    Vestibular receptors contribute to cortical auditory evoked potentials. Hear Res, 309, 63-74. eScholarID:227412 | PMID:24321822 | DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2013.11.008


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

    Place specificity of monopolar and tripolar stimuli in cochlear implants: the influence of residual masking. J Acoust Soc Am, 133(6), 4109-23. eScholarID:227405 | PMID:23742363 | DOI:10.1121/1.4803909

  • McKay, C., Chandan, K., Akhoun, I., Siciliano, C. & Kluk, K (2013).

    Can ECAP measures be used for totally objective programming of cochlear implants? J Assoc Res Otolaryngol, 14(6), 879-90. eScholarID:227398 | PMID:24048907 | DOI:10.1007/s10162-013-0417-9


  • Visram, A., Azadpour, M., Kluk, K. & McKay, C (2012).

    Beneficial acoustic speech cues for cochlear implant users with residual acoustic hearing. J Acoust Soc Am, 131(5), 4042-50. eScholarID:236888 | PMID:22559377 | DOI:10.1121/1.3699191

  • Visram, A., Kluk, K. & McKay, C (2012).

    Voice gender differences and separation of simultaneous talkers in cochlear implant users with residual hearing. J Acoust Soc Am, 132(2), EL135-41. eScholarID:227413 | PMID:22894312 | DOI:10.1121/1.4737137

  • Warnaar, B. & Dreschler, W (2012).

    Agreement between psychophysical tuning curves and the threshold equalizing noise test in dead region identification. Int J Audiol, 51(6), 456-64. eScholarID:236884 | PMID:22429189 | DOI:10.3109/14992027.2012.658969

  • Wilding, T., McKay, C., Baker, R. & 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 Hear, 33(2), 267-78. eScholarID:227396 | PMID:21909024 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e318230bba0


  • Wilding, T., McKay, C., Baker, R., Picton, T. & Kluk, K (2011).

    Using the auditory steady state response to record response amplitude curves. A possible fast objective method for diagnosing dead regions. Ear Hear, 32(4), 485-97. eScholarID:227411 | PMID:21285879 | DOI:10.1097/AUD.0b013e31820a77e2


  • Kluk, K. & Moore, B (2006).

    Dead regions in the cochlea and enhancement of frequency discrimination: Effects of audiogram slope, unilateral versus bilateral loss, and hearing-aid use. Hear Res, 222(1-2), 1-15. eScholarID:227397 | PMID:17071031 | DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2006.06.020

  • Kluk, K. & Moore, B (2006).

    Detecting dead regions using psychophysical tuning curves: a comparison of simultaneous and forward masking. Int J Audiol, 45(8), 463-76. eScholarID:227402 | PMID:17005489 | DOI:10.1080/14992020600753189


  • Kluk, K. & Moore, B (2005).

    Factors affecting psychophysical tuning curves for hearing-impaired subjects with high-frequency dead regions. Hear Res, 200(1-2), 115-31. eScholarID:227403 | PMID:15668043 | DOI:10.1016/j.heares.2004.09.003

  • Sek, A., Alcántara, J., Moore, B., Kluk, K. & Wicher, A (2005).

    Development of a fast method for determining psychophysical tuning curves. Int J Audiol, 44(7), 408-20. eScholarID:227400 | PMID:16136791



  • Baer, T., Moore, B. & 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. J Acoust Soc Am, 112(3 Pt 1), 1133-44. eScholarID:227401 | PMID:12243160

Research projects