My vision was always to have an impact on the world around me, by doing work that makes people’s lives better. My interdisciplinary background in Psychology, Deaf Communication Studies, and Health Studies has made me acutely aware of the multiple barriers the population with hearing loss faces to health. I am actively engaged in research regarding population with hearing loss for nearly a decade and I have a strong passion for identifying the barriers and improving healthcare services for patients with hearing loss, by addressing their complex health and care needs.
The fully funded PhD Studentship that I was awarded in 2018 by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, gave me the life-changing opportunity to follow up my studies in a PhD level, in order to investigate a global health challenge: hearing health inequalities. I am based in the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research, and I am honoured to be supervised by Senior Lecturer Dr Maria Panagioti, Professor Evan Kontopantelis and Professor Darren Ashcroft.
During my PhD project, I examine the relationship between socioeconomic inequalities and the development of hearing loss and the impact of hearing loss on the lives of older adults in England in terms of mental well-being, quality of life, social engagement and economic position. Furthermore, this project will inform health policy strategies to minimize socioeconomic risks for hearing loss and access to hearing health services and hearing aids use, in order to mitigate the adverse effects of hearing loss in older adults in England.