Division of Human Communication, Development & Hearing


Division of Human Communication, Development and Hearing

We live in an era where good language, hearing and communication skills are crucial. Impaired communication skills affect educational attainment, employment opportunities, and quality of life.

We are leaders in the education and training of audiologists and healthcare scientists, speech and language therapists, psychologists, and teachers of the deaf.

We make basic research discoveries, translate these discoveries into real-world applications and improve the quality of life for individuals of all ages. Our work is central to key topics in today’s society including: health and ageing, communication and development, the dynamic brain, and adapting to change.

Our research

We are research world leaders in language and hearing.


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Determining the factors, processes and mechanisms involved in successful language learning and in developmental language disorders.

Research activity in this area includes:


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Innovative research that translates basic hearing science into direct benefit to children and adults who have a hearing dysfunction.

Research activity in this area includes:

Head of Division

Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden

Our researchers

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Jacqueline O’Brien, PA to Head of Division
tel: +44 (0)161 275 3366
email: jackie.obrien@manchester.ac.uk

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