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mr paul radomskij

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Joined UCL
  • 1996-03-01

Research Summary

I am primarily interested in the vestibular system (assessment and rehabilitation), electrophysiology and acoustics. I have successfully supervised a wide range of MSc and BSc dissertations with subjects ranging from auditory steady state responses to vestibular evoked myogenic potentials.

My current areas of interest are:

  • Evaluation of different test methodologies for performing the caloric test
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Measurement of noise on underground trains and effects on cochlear function
  • High frequency tympanometry
  • Clinical evaluation of auditory steady state potentials
  • Auditory processing disorder - collaborative project with MRC Nottingham

Specific Research Areas

  1. Evaluation of Auditory Steady State responses for estimating hearing sensitivity
  2. Calibration of Click and tone burst stimuli used in ABR recordings
  3. Sound localisation in subjects with aided /unaided unilateral hearing loss
  4. Subjective measure of vertigo and objective measures of improvement in vestibular function
  5. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials and subjective visual vertical and horizontal
  6. Effect of mental alerting on vestibular testing
  7. Efficacy of clinical tests of balance
  8. Normative study – Whole body rotation tests (Ages 20 to 30)
  9. Caloric testing in normals and patients with vestibular disorders - A Meta Analysis of the literature

Biography

Being from a Medical Physics background, and therefore obviously a geek and painfully shy, I was gently introduced to wonderful world of Audiological Science via my first research job. My role was to develop a ‘bespoke’ static body sway platform. As I was based within an audiology department, I was surrounded by a very supportive, friendly and caring team of audiologist and doctors. I was actively encouraged to observe (spy on?) what my audiologist colleagues did ‘for a living’. My life-changing moment might be pinned down to seeing the effect a new hearing aid had on ‘a tough old soldier’ who had not heard the dawn bird chorus for many years. From there I decided that the field of audiological science might actually be a worthwhile career – a view which has not changed to this day.

I arrived at UCL in 1996, enticed by the opportunity to work alongside staff and students from across the world in a world-class academic institution, working mainly to support Professor Deepak Prasher in the running of the relatively new MSc Audiological science course. I feel privileged to work in a role that combines science, applied research, patient interaction and now teaching. I get to work along side some of the most inspirational, hard working and  dedicated people in their respective fields.

I am currently course director for the MSc in Audiological Science and coordinate a number of BSc and MSc modules. I am also ex-Chair of the Balance Interest Group (British Society of Audiology); full member of the British Academy of Audiology, British society of Audiology, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. In my spare time I work at St George's Hospital, London and act as external examiner for the BSc / MSc Courses in Speech & Language therapy at City University and Audiology at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.

I had the privilege of being part of ‘the gang of three’ that developed the original National Audiology Clinical Placement Electronic Portfolio (aka ‘Year 3 Logbook’), which is now used by all the HEIs providing education in audiology at a graduate and postgraduate level. This group has now expanded to include representatives from each HEI providing MSc/BSc Audiology programmes and has a remit to develop and improve the logbook to ensure it continues to play its part as the formative and summative assessment of clinical competency.