Dr Fei Zhao


Position: Principal Lecturer in Audiology
School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences
E-mail: fzhao@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Telephone: :+44(0)2920417290
Room No: D.007E



My research expertise mainly focuses on developing sensitised and reliable measures for detecting the auditory dysfunction. I have led several research projects including development and clinical application of a new system to measure the middle ear dynamic characteristics and a finite element computer model of the middle ear system. In addition, I have also led a project on music exposure induced hearing loss and hearing protection education, which intends to provide evidence to improve public hearing health. Over the last several years, I have been awarded several research funding by external grant bodies. They are EPSRC, RNID, British Council, British Academy, Sasakawa Foundation and Royal Society.

My teaching expertise is mainly in the field of Clinical Audiology as well as some generic areas, for example, research methods, literature review, evidence based medicine and ENT disorders.

My management expertise is about 1] academic management, including substantial course design and module development for both UG and PG programmes; and 2] administrative management, including solving problems, establishing collaborative links with professional communities and local health authority.



I previously taught at the Swansea University and at the University of Bristol. I am going to teach the following modules:


SLP6030 Audiology


APP7008: Balance Disorders and Rehabilitation

APP7009: Industrial and Environmental Audiology

APP7010: Paediatric Hearing Impairment

APP7011: Advanced Diagnostic Audiology and Rehabilitation



Research interests

  • Middle ear mechanisms and modelling
  • Noise exposure (music overexposure in adolescents and young adults)
  • Audiological rehabilitation model (hearing help seeking and hearing aid uptake)
  • Deaf studies (psychosocial and cultural impacts on deaf graduates' participation in society)



Authored book and contributions to edited books (peer-reviewed)

Kei J and Fei Zhao (co-editor). Assessment Of Middle Ear Function In Young Infants, Plural Publishing, Inc. 265 pages, 2011. 

Zhao F, Meredith R, Wotherspoon N and Rhodes A. Toward a understanding of middle ear mechanism using otoreflectance: the characteristics of energy reflectance. Proceedings of the 4th Symposium on Middle Ear Mechanics and Otology, ed. Huber A and Eiber A. World Scientific Publishers, 2007, pp76-81.

Mazzoli M, Kennedy V, Newton V, Zhao F, Stephens D. Phenotype/genotype correlation of autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive non-syndromal hearing impairment. In: Martini A, Mazzoli M, Stephens D, Read A. eds. Definitions, Protocols and Guidelines in Genetic Hearing Impairment. pp 79-141, London: Whurr, 2001.

Stephens D, Lind-Granade G, Hatzopoulos S, Zhao F. Audiometric investigation of carriers. In: Martini A, Mazzoli M, Stephens D, Read A. eds. Definitions, Protocols and Guidelines in Genetic Hearing Impairment. pp 33-35, London: Whurr, 2001.

Zhao F, Stephens SDG, Meredith R, Valerie Newton. Parameter analyses of Audioscan notches in carriers of genetic hearing loss. In: Stephens D, Read A, Martini A, eds. Developments in Genetic Hearing Impairment I. London: Whurr, pp 60-67, 1998.

Academic Journal Papers (referred)
  1. Zhao F, Manchaiah V, St. Claire L, Danermark B , Jones L, Brandreth M, Krishna R & Goodwin R. Exploring the infl uence of culture on hearing help-seeking and hearing-aid uptake. Int J Audiol (in press)
  2. Zhao, F, Stephens SDG , Ishak WS and Meyer-Bisch C (2014). The characteristics of Audioscan and DPOAE measures in tinnitus patients with normal hearing thresholds. Int J Audiol. 53(5):309-17.
  3. Li Q, Xia S, Zhao F  and Qi J. (2014). Functional changes in people with different hearing status and experiences of using Chinese sign language: an fMRI study. J Commun Disord. 50:51-60.
  4. Zhao F and Bardsley B (2014). Real-ear acoustical characteristics
  5. of impulse sound generated by golf drivers and the estimated risk to hearing: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open. 4 e003517.
  6. Liang MJ, Zhang X, Chen T, Zheng Y, Zhao F, Yang H, Zhong Z, Zhang Z, Chen S and Chen L (2014). Evaluation of auditory cortical development in the early stages of post cochlear implantation using mismatch negativity measurement. Otol Neurotol. 35(1) e7-14.
  7. Cai YX, Zhao F and Zheng YQ (2013). Development and validation of a Chinese music quality rating test. Int J Audiol. 52:587-595.
  8. Cai YX, Zhao F and Zheng YQ (2013). Mechanisms of music perception and its changes in hearing impaired people. Audiol Med. 11:168-175.
  9. Zhao F, French D, Manchaiah V, Zheng YQ, Liang LM and Price S (2012). Music Exposure and Hearing Health Education: Knowledge, Attitude, and Behaviour in Adolescents and Young Adults. Health Education Journal, 71:709-724.
  10. Liang MJ, Zhao F, French D and Zheng YQ (2012). The Noise Reduction Effects of Noise Cancelling Headphones in the Presence of Street Noise and Subway Noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131:4526-4534.
  11. Manchaiah VKC, Stephens D and Zhao F (2012). Communication partner involvement in the audiological enablement/rehabilitation of adults with acquired hearing impairment: An overview. Audiological Medicine, 10:21-30.
  12. Manchaiah V, Zhao F, Danesh AA and Duprey R (2011). The genetic basis of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD). International Journal of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 75:151-158.
  13. Wang J, Zhao F & Li YX, Han DM, Gong SS, Zhao SQ, Zhang H (2011). Effect of Anterior Tympanomeatal Angle Blunting on the Middle Ear Transfer Function, Medical Engineering and Physics, 33:1136-1146.
  14. Manchaiah V, Zhao F, Danesh AA and Duprey R (2011). The genetic basis of Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD). International Journal of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 75:151-158.
  15. Ishak WS, Zhao F, Stephens D, Culling J, Bai J and Meyer-Bisch C (2011). Test-Retest Reliability and Validity of Audioscan & Békésy in Comparison with Pure Tone Audiometry. Audiological Medicine. 9,40-45.
  16. Zheng Y, Zhao F, Liang MJ, Bardsley B, Yang HD and Zhang ZG (2011). Toward an Understanding of Auditory Evoked Cortical Event-Related Potentials: Characteristics and Classification. Audiological Medicine. 9,16-25.
  17. Zhao F, Manchaiah V, French D and Price S. (2010) Music Exposure and Hearing Disorders: An Overview. International Journal of Audiology 49(1): 54-64.
  18. Zhao F, Koike T, Wang J, Sienz J and Meredith R (2009). Finite Element Analysis of the Middle Ear Transfer Functions and Related Pathologies. Medical Engineering and Physics. 30:907-916.
  19. Zhao F, Stephens D, Pryce H, Zheng Y and Bahgat D. (2008) Rehabilitative management strategies in patients with King-Kopetzky syndrome.  Australia and New Zealand Journal of Audiology. 30(2):119-127.
  20. Zhao F, Bai Z and Stephens S. (2008) The relationship between changes in self-rated quality of life after cochlear implantation and changes in individual complaints. Clinical Otolaryngology. 33 (5):427-434.
  21. Zhao F, Lowe G and Meredith R. (2007) The characteristics of otoreflectance and its test retest reliability. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech Language and Hearing. 11(1): 1-7. [80% contribution to all aspects of the work]
  22. Li Q and Zhao F. (2007) Deaf graduate into employment in China: job expectations. Asia Pacific Journal of Speech Language and Hearing 11(1):9-14.
  23. Zhao F and Stephens D. (2007) A Critical Review of King-Kopetzky Syndrome: Hearing Difficulties, But Normal Hearing? Audiological Medicine. 5:119-124.
  24. Zhao F, Stephens D. (2006) Distortion product otoacoustic emissions in patients with King-Kopetzky syndrome. International Journal of Audiology 45:34-39.
  25. Culling J, Zhao F and Stephens D. (2005) Development and assessment of reliability of a self-administered hearing test for elderly. International Journal of Audiology. 44:691-700. [Responsible for data collection and data analysis]
  26. Zhao F, Rogers M, Stephens D, Harper P (2004) Audiometric investigation in patients with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Audiological Medicine 2(4): 247-254.
  27. Stephens D, Zhao F and Kennedy V. (2003) Is there an association between noise exposure and King Kopetzky Syndrome? Noise Health.5:55-62.
  28. Zhao F, Wada H, Koike H, Ohyama K, Kawase T and Stephens D. (2003) Transient Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Patients with Middle Ear Disorders. International Journal of Audiology 42:117-131.
  29. Keefe DH, Gorga MP, Neely ST, Zhao F, and Vohr BR. (2003) Ear-canal acoustic admittance and reflectance measurements in human neonates: II, Predictions of middle-ear dysfunction and sensorineural hearing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 113(1):407-422.
  30. Keefe DH, Zhao F, Neely ST, and Gorga MP. (2003) Ear-canal acoustic admittance and reflectance effects in human neonates.  I, Predictions of otoacoustic emission and auditory brainstem responses. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 113(1):389-406.
  31. Zhao F, Stephens D and Day J. (2003) Audiology in Wales. BSA News, 30-32.
  32. Rogers M, Zhao F, Stephens D, Harper P. (2002) Absence of hearing impairment in adult onset facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. Neuromuscular Disorders 12:366-370.
  33. Zhao F, Wada H, Koike H, Ohyama K, Kawase T and Stephens D (2002) Middle ear dynamic characteristics in patients with otosclerosis. Ear and Hearing 23(2): 150-158.
  34. Zhao F, Stephens D, Meyer-Bisch C. (2002) Review: The Audioscan: a high frequency resolution audiometric technique and its clinical applications. Clinical Otolaryngology 27:1-7.
  35. Stephens D, Zhao F. (2002) Effectiveness of self-rating measures of auditory activity limtation and participation restriction in patients with hearing impairment. Iranian Audiology 1:33-40.
  36. Zhao F, Stephens D. (2000) Subcategories of Patients with King-Kopetzky Syndrome (Obscure Auditory Dysfunction). Br J Audiol 34:241-256.
  37. Stephens D and Zhao F. (2000) The role of a family history in King Kopetzky Syndrome. Acta Otolaryngol 120:197-200.
  38. Zhao F, Wada H, Koike H, and Stephens D. (2000) Review: The influence of the middle ear disorders on otoacoustic emissions. Clinical Otolaryngology 25:3-8.
  39. Zhao F and Stephens D (1999a) Test-retest variability of distortion product otoacoustic emissions. Scand Audiol 28:171-175. [70% contribution to all aspects of the work]
  40. Zhao F and Stephens D. (1999b) Audioscan test in patients with King-Kopetzky syndrome. Acta Otolaryngol 119:306-310.
  41. Zhao F and Stephens D. (1999c) Audioscan notches in patients with King-Kopetzky syndrome and a family history of hearing impairment. J Audiol Med 8: 101-112.
  42. Stephens SDG, Jaworski A, Kerr P and Zhao F. (1998) The use of patient-specific estimates in patients evaluation and rehabilitation. Scand Audiol. 27: (Suppl 49), 61-68.
  43. Zhao F and Stephens D (1998) Analysis of Audioscan and DPOAEs in subjects with normal hearing. Audiology 37:335-343.
  44. Zhao F, Stephens SDG, Sim SW and Meredith R. (1997) The use of qualitative questionnaires in patients having and being considered for cochlear implant. Clinical Otolaryngology 22(3):254-259.
  45. Zhao F, Özçaglar H, Meredith R and Stephens SDG. (1997) Transient evoked otoacoustic emission with contralateral stimulation in King-Kopetzky syndrome. Journal of Audiological Medicine 6(1):36-44.
  46. Zhao F and Stephens D. (1996a) Hearing complaints of patients with King Kopetzky Syndrome. Br J Audiol. 30:397-402.
  47. Stephens D and Zhao F. (1996) Hearing impairment-special needs of the elderly. Filia Phoniatra et Logopedica, 48(3):137-142.
  48. Zhao F and Stephens D. (1996b) Review: Clinical assessment of King-Kopetzky syndrome. Indian Journal of Otology 2 (1):4-10.
  49. Zhao F and Stephens D. (1996c) The determinants of speech hearing disability in King-Kopetzky syndrome. Scand Audiol. 25:91-96.