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Dr. Sophia E. Kramer is Professor at the department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear & Hearing, EMGO+ Institute at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. 

As of January 1, 2014, she is appointed full professor on a University Research Chair (URC). which is a selective and privileged appointment ( The title of her chair: Auditory Functioning and Participation.

Sophia Kramer studied Neuropsychology at the VU University in Amsterdam. She obtained her Ph.D. in Audiology at the VU University in 1998. After that she continued working at the dept. of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, section Ear & Hearing at VUmc. From 2008-2011 she served as research project leader (20% of full-time) at the Oticon Research Center Eriksholm, Denmark.

Her major research interests are in the psychosocial and cognitive aspects related to hearing and hearing impairment in adults, the innovation and evaluation of aural rehabilitation services and the development of methods to measure listening effort. Sophia Kramer is mainly involved in research activities, but is also engaged in clinical work (patient care) at the University Audiology Center of VUmc. She is the principal investigator of the National Longitudinal Study on Hearing (NL-SH) ( She has a track record in obtaining funding from a range of funding agencies (NWO, ZonMw, EU, Industry). She recently obtained a EU grant for 'LISTEN', a Marie Curie ITN European Industrial Doctorate (EID) program (2013-2018) for which she serves as coordinator. 

Sophia Kramer has published a large number of papers, a book and bookchapters on psychosocial-, occupational and cognitive aspects of hearing impairment and self-report outcome measures. She is editorial board member of Trends in Amplification, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies of Health and Wellbeing and Audiology Research. Sophia Kramer is past-president of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology (ICRA).

Sophia Kramer has been selected to receive the International Award in Hearing 2016 from the American Academy of Audiology in Phoenix in April 2016 for her significant impact on the research, practice and discipline of audiology worldwide.