Wendy Lecluyse

Head of Childhood and Education

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School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Dr Wendy Lecluyse is Head of Childhood and Education and Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. Wendy joined the University of Suffolk in 2012 and has since been involved in substantive course development and leadership at School and University level.

Wendy began her career as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. She obtained her graduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology in 1998 at Ghent University (BEL) and subsequently worked as an SLT specialising in hearing impairment and specific language impairments. Her PhD, obtained at the University of Essex, focused on developing detailed assessment procedures for hearing impairments. During a subsequent research position, Wendy studied speech perception in noisy environments and worked on the development of a biologically-inspired hearing aid.


Wendy is the programme leader for the suite of Childhood routes within the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Wendy leads on various modules related to child development, therapeutic working with children and research methods.

Wendy's research has been focusing on the basic auditory processes in typical hearing and how these are affected in impaired hearing, the development of assessment procedures to measure detailed 'hearing profiles' of hearing impaired individuals with an aim to gain an insight in the underlying pathology and more recently the development and evaluation of a biologically-inspired hearing-aid.

She was involved in the ‘Early Ears’ project, a Youth Music funded project in collaboration with the Norwich-based charity, Future Projects. The ‘Early Ears’ project was aimed at developing and delivering music-making session for pre-school children in deprived areas of Norfolk using cutting edge music technology and traditional community music therapy.

Other research interests are speech and language development in specific groups (such as children with a hearing impairment, bilingual children) and the effect of noise in the classroom.


Clark, N.R., Lecluyse, W. & Jürgens,T. (2018). Analysis of compressive properties of the BioAid hearing aid algorithm. International Journal of Audiology, 57, S130-S138. DOI:10.1080/14992027.2017.1378931

Jürgens, T., Clark, N.R., Lecluyse, W. & Meddis, R. (2016). Exploration of a physiologically-inspired hearing aid algorithm using a computer model mimicking impaired hearing. International Journal of Audiology, 55, 346-357.

Lecluyse, W. & Deborah O’Dell (2016).“Early Ears – impact report“. Report on findings of Early Ears project in collaboration with Future Projects.

Panda, M.R.; Lecluyse, W.; Tan, C.M.; T. Jürgens ; and Meddis, R. (2014). Individualised computer models of hearing impairment. International Journal of Audiology, 53, 699-709.

Lecluyse, W., Tan, C.M., McFerran D., and Meddis, R. (2013). Acquisition of auditory profiles for good and impaired hearing. International Journal of Audiology, 52, 596-605.

Meddis, R., Lecluyse, W., Clark, N.R.; Jürgens, T.; Tan, C.M., Panda, M.R., and Brown, G.J. (2013). A computer model of the auditory periphery and its application to the study of hearing. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 787, 11-20.

Tan, C.M, Lecluyse, W., McFerran, D., & Meddis, R. (2013). Tinnitus and patterns of hearing loss. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 14, 275-282.

Nicholas R. Clark, Wendy Lecluyse, Tim Jurgens, Ray Meddis (2012), BioAid: The Biologically Inspired Hearing Aid. Apple App Store, www.bioaid.org.uk

Meddis, R. and Lecluyse, W. (2011). Absolute threshold and signal duration: a probabilistic approach.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 129, 3153-3165.

Meddis, R., Lecluyse, W., Tan, C.M., Panda, M.R., and Ferry, R.T. (2010). “Beyond the audiogram: identifying and modelling patterns of hearing deficits” in Lopez-Poveda E.A., Palmer A. R., and Meddis R. (Eds.). The neurophysiological bases of auditory perception. Springer-Verlag, New York, Chapter 57.

Robertson, M., Brown, G.J., Lecluyse, W., Panda, M. and Tan, C. (2010). A speech-in-noise test based on spoken digits: Comparison of normal and impaired listeners using a computer model. INTERSPEECH-2010, 2470-2473.

Lecluyse, W., and Meddis, R. (2009). A simple single-interval adaptive procedure for estimating thresholds in normal and impaired listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 126, 2570-2579.


Lecluyse, W. Biologically-inspired hearing aids. Key note speaker at the Royal Belgian Society for Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgery/B-Audio Annual Congress, Namur (Belgium), October 2015.

Lecluyse, W. Auditory profiles of good and impaired hearing in human listeners and computer models. Invited speaker at Colloquium ‘Cochlear distortion: from assessment to rehabilitation’ at Brussels (Belgium), March 2015.

Lecluyse, W. BioAid app. Invited speaker at ‘The Mobile Apps In Research Summit’ at Birmingham (UK), 4 Dec. 2013.

Lecluyse, W., Clark, N.R., Jürgens, T. and Meddis, R. Regulation of loudness using a new hearing aid algorithm. Poster presentation at UCS Research Colloquium, Ipswich (UK), June 2013.

Lecluyse, W. Acquisition of auditory profiles for good and impaired hearing. Invited speaker at the Hearing Aid Developers Forum (HADF) at Oldenburg (Germany), June 2013.

Lecluyse, W., Clark, N.R., Jürgens, T. and Meddis, R. Regulation of loudness using a new hearing aid algorithm. Poster presentation at the British Society of Audiology 3rd Annual Conference and Experimental and Short paper meeting, Nottingham (UK), September 2012.

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