Piers studied speech and hearing science at undergraduate level in Australia. He moved to the UK to study for a DPhil in experimental psychology at Oxford University. He is currently a lecturer in audiology at the University of Manchester. Piers’ research interests include the epidemiology of hearing loss, hearing genetics, treatments for hearing loss including hearing aid uptake and benefit, and the impact of hearing loss and auditory processing impairments on development and quality of life in childhood and old age. Piers was awarded the British Society of Audiology’s Thomas Simm Littler Prize for his work on the epidemiology of hearing loss and acclimatization to hearing aids.