Lecturer in Audiology


Division: Speech and Hearing Sciences

Tel: 0131 474 0000

Dr Christine Johnson (PgCert, Dip, BSc Hons) is a Lecturer in Audiology in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Division. She is also an affiliate member of the Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre.

I am a part-time PhD student and lecturer in the Audiology Department within Speech and Hearing Sciences. I was previously awarded an honours degree in Biology with Oceanography from Southampton University and have spent several years working in industry, before completing a Graduate Diploma in Audiology at QMU. Since graduating I have worked as a research assistant both at QMU and at Edinburgh University, on a series of studies looking at auditory processing and hearing profiles in older adults. My current research interests include exploring the utility of auditory brainstem response testing in documenting and monitoring neurological change in people with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence syndrome, who are entering a treatment and rehabilitation programme. Within the Audiology team we are also looking at the provision of hearing care services to older adults living in residential care homes in Scotland.  I am a registered Hearing Aid Dispenser and Audiologist and am currently the Programme Leader for the Diploma in Higher Education Hearing Aid Audiology. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the British Society of Audiology
  • HCPC Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser
  • RCCP Registered Audiologist

Professional Social Media:

Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:

I am undertaking a PhD (P/T) exploring the use of the auditory brainstem response and speech evoked auditory brainstem response, in assessing auditory processing capabilities in adults with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence syndrome. This research aims to assess whether auditory brainstem responses in people who have alcohol dependence syndrome, provide a useful means to document neurological change and monitor the beneficial impact of abstinence.

I am also involved in research exploring the hearing care needs of the population of older adults living in residential care homes in Scotland. We are looking at the prevalence of hearing loss in this population, how this population accesses hearing care and whether the types of hearing assessment used are suitable for people with multimorbidities.

Active Research Interests:

  • Exploration of the Auditory Brainstem Response during detoxification from alcohol.
  • Hearing Care for Older Adults in Residential Care Homes

Research Methods:

  • Empirical study

Research Grants & Contracts Funding:

Co-applicant for The Abbeyfield Society PhD Studentship

I am involved in teaching the theoretical knowledge and practical skills which underpin hearing aid audiological practice. My main areas of expertise include advanced assessment of the auditory system and exploration of how adults process auditory information. This includes studying the relationship between peripheral hearing, central auditory processing and cognitive abilities.

Program Leader:

Diploma in Higher Education Hearing Aid Audiology