Dr Edward Killan

Dr Edward Killan


I started my audiological career having completed an MSc in Audiology at the University of Southampton in 1998 and completing the Certificate of Audiological Competence (for which I was awarded the Richard May Prize for best trainee) in 1999. I then worked as a clinical scientist (HCPC registered) in various NHS audiology departments in the north of England prior to joining the University of Leeds in 2004. I obtained my PhD in 2013 from the University of Leeds.  I am currently an Associate Professor in Audiology and a member of the Specialist Science Education Department within LICAMM.

External to the University I have fulfilled a number of national roles, including Chair of the British Academy of Audiology Education and Training Accreditation Committee. I am currently the Immediate Past Chair of the British Society of Audiology - the largest audiological learned society in Europe.

Research interests

Most recently, my audiological research has focused on hearing, speech and language outcomes in children who use cochlear implants. Through collaboration with Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service, I have conducted clinical studies investigating factors affecting the development of sound-source localisation, spatial release from masking and early language, and will be working with colleagues from the School of Education on Comm4CHILD, an EU funded (€4.1m) Innovative Training Network exploring approaches to optimising the potential of children with hearing impairment.

Prior to this, I undertook research investigating cochlear physiology - specifically suppression of tone burst-evoked otoacoustic emissions.

I also manage the University's Sound Asleep Laboratory.  This facility allows high-quality sleep-based research in a safe and functional environment. 


  • PhD Simultaneous suppression of tone-burst evoked otoacoustic emissions
  • MSc Audiology
  • BA (Hons) Human Communication and Communication Disorders

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Audiology

Student education

I am an enthusiastic teacher and lead and deliver a range of subjects to audiologists, as well as other professional disciplines (e.g. cardiac physiologists, radiographers, teachers of the deaf). Within my teaching practice I use a range of innovative approaches, and utilise a range of cutting-edge technologies designed to enhance the student learning experience (e.g. SECTRA virtual anatomy).  My teaching is consistently informed by my own research.

I have fulfilled a range of roles within the University, including module leader, programme leader and admissions tutor, as well as leading the Audiological Science and Education Group and Deputy Head of the Specialist Science Education Department.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Specialist Science Education
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