Australia has a strong and well-deserved reputation in hearing research and innovation. The HEARing CRC is the third hearing-related Cooperative Research Centre funded through the Commonwealth’s CRC program. It includes many of the members from the previous CRCs, a key element that will enable it to rapidly build on their success.
The two previous hearing related CRCs were:
- CRC for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovation (1999-2006)
- CRC for Implant, Speech and Hearing Research (1992-1999)
Research activity has grown and evolved across the three CRCs. The first centre focused almost exclusively on activities directed towards the profoundly deaf. During the second CRC, the focus was broadened to include other types of hearing loss and auditory processing disorders such as tinnitus. This centre also started to consider the clinical processes associated with hearing. The current HEARing CRC takes all of the previous elements and adds prevention of hearing loss, considering aging and genetic factors as well as targeting protective devices.
Prior to these centres, many of the same organisations and Melbourne based researchers were involved in the Human Communication Research Centre between 1988 and 1996.
"...having the opportunity to build on our research capabilities and partners from the previous CRCs is fantastic, and it’s really exciting to be able to expand into new areas and involve new facilities."
A/Prof Robert Cowan, HEARing CRC Chief Executive Officer