16 May 2016
Help wanted to better understand how eHealth can be used to address the communication needs of adults with hearing loss
How can information and communication technologies meet the hearing and communication needs of adults with hearing loss and their families and friends?
The University of Queensland, in collaboration with the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, is conducting a research project to explore how hearing services could be improved through the adoption of eHealth.
If you would like to participate, you will be asked to:
- complete a short survey about your experiences with using information and communication technologies to support your services with adult clients with hearing loss; and
- brainstorm ways in which these technologies could be used to better meet the hearing and communication needs of adults with hearing loss and their families and friends.
Both activities can be done online at a time and place that suits you! People who complete the study will be entered into a draw to win a $100 Coles Myer gift voucher.
For more information on how you can be involved, please email Carly Meyer or phone: (07) 3365 8547.
To register your interest and to complete the short survey follow the links below based on how you are affected by hearing loss:
3 May 2016
New research suggests self-fitting hearing aids have a positive role to play in developing countries
A new range of self-fitting hearing aids has the potential to meet the growing need for hearing technologies in developing countries and remote locations in the developed world.
The Hearing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) and its Member, the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), have recently studied the developments of this new technology to provide new insights that will help clinicians make better decisions about the best ways to use them.
The results of this research were summarised in a research paper published last week by Dr Gitte Keidser and Elizabeth Convery called Self-Fitting Hearing Aids – Status Quo and Future Predictions.
Self-fitting hearing aids have recently become available through unregulated, direct-to-consumer market in developed countries and the focus of HEARing CRC and NAL research aimed at understanding their manageability by clinicians and comparing their performance to professionally fitted hearing aids.
Predominantly positive findings highlighted in the paper suggest that self-fitting hearing aids when paired with teleaudiology (the provision of hearing services over the internet) could deliver these services to people who can’t access or afford the traditional methods.
“Self-fitting devices are now accessible in the marketplace and the product range is set to grow. Our research has identified the expectations of these devices to ensure good hearing outcomes are delivered to patients, and is currently investigating who can manage them without, or with limited, support,” Dr Keidser explained.
“There are challenges ahead and we believe there will be a significant and potentially rapid growth in self-fitting health related products following on from wearable technologies (such as fitbits).”
In the future, low-cost hearing aids are likely to consist of earpieces that connect wirelessly with smartphones, with health providers offering assistance through traditional face-to-face appointments with audiologists or through a tele-health infrastructure.
“If self-fitting hearing aids can be produced and distributed in such a way they are both affordable and the approach is sustainable, this type of device could offer the potential to meet the growing demand for hearing technologies in developing countries, as well as the more remote locations in the developed world,” Dr Keidser said.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 60 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, with the majority located in low- and middle-income countries. Hearing loss is more common as people age and figures show that one-third of people over 65 years old are affected by hearing loss, with prevalence greatest in South Asia, Asia-Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa.
26 April 2016
Job Position: Postdoctoral Fellow Hearing and Cognitive Aging
The Multisensory Communication Program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development in association with the HEARing CRC is seeking a postdoctoral researcher with high level skills and expertise in the broad area of speech perception in elderly people (with/without hearing-impairment).
This post-doctoral project covers three HEARing CRC research areas: Measurement of Real-Life Impact of Hearing Disorders; Tools for Identifying the Role of Attention in Difficult Listening Situations and Therapies to Improve Speech Perception in Elderly Adults with Auditory Processing Disorders. The successful applicant is expected to be developing a strong international standing and research reputation, based on an excellent research background in psychology, linguistics, psycholinguistics, or cognitive sciences.
The position is full-time for a period of 3 years and will be based on the Bankstown campus. Remuneration Package: Academic Level A (Step 3-4) $93,659 to $99,365 p.a. (comprising Salary $84,498 to $89,646 p.a., plus 9.5% Superannuation, plus Leave Loading). After 12 months continuous service the appointee may be eligible for 17% employer superannuation contribution.
Position Enquiries: Professor Chris Davis, email email@example.com
6 April 2016
Early bird registrations are now open for the 33rd World Congress of Audiology (WCA) .
Delegates can register online here.
International Society of Audiology, Canadian Academy of Audiology or Speech-Language and Audiology Canada members are entitled to preferential rates. Due to Canada’s current low foreign exchange rate, congress fees are economical for international delegates.
The WCA2016 will feature speakers from around the world, covering the latest topics in audiology research and practice.
Early bird registration deadline closes on May 31, 2016.
30 March 2016
Job Position: Research Assistant (eHealth)
The HEARing CRC and The University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are seeking a highly motivated Research Assistant to be part of an exciting team committed to improving outcomes for people with hearing loss.
The role will involve assisting investigators in research projects related to the development, implementation and evaluation of a family-centred approach to delivering hearing healthcare to people with hearing loss and their family via eHealth.
The applicant will be involved in a range of tasks associated with the studies including participant recruitment, research protocol design and implementation, data collection (qualitative and quantitative) and data analysis.
You can find out more about this role here, including a downloadable position description.
Please note, applications for this position closes on 13 April 2016 (11:55pm Eastern Australia Standard Time).
3 March 2016
Australian study leads the way in improving outcomes of infants with hearing loss
Now into its 11th year, the Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment (LOCHI) study has revealed that infants detected with hearing loss and fitted with hearing aids soon after birth develop better spoken language abilities at 5 years of age than those whose hearing loss was discovered later. Infants who receive cochlear implants before 12 months of age develop better language than those who receive a cochlear implant at a later age.
14 December 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher opportunity in Magnetoencephalography – apply now!
An exciting opportunity exists at Macquarie University for a postdoctoral researcher to develop and use the magnetoencephalographic (MEG) system to investigate brain responses in adults and children with a unilateral cochlear implant (MEG III). The successful candidate will participate in research projects developing and assessing new noise reduction techniques for MEG III measurements; and planning and implementing research studies investigating the nature and trajectory of brain changes following cochlear implantation.
8 September 2015
2 PhD Scholarships at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science – apply now!
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre is offering two PhD scholarships in association with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science at the University of Wollongong, to undertake research focused on:
1) Using EQCM to understand electrode-protein-cellular interactions
2) Using BioAFM to understand electrode-protein-cellular interactions
8 September 2015
2 PhD scholarships at Macquarie University – apply now!
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre is offering two PhD scholarships to undertake research focused on:
- Hearing Aids and Music (supervised by Adj Prof Harvey Dillon and Dr Jorg Buchholz) – closing date 30th October 2015
- Applying virtual sound environments to measure and improve the performance of Cochlear Implants in the real world (supervised by Dr Jorg Buchholz) – closing date 30th September 2015.
16 July 2015
Research Project Coordinator Position Available (Maternity Leave)
The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is currently seeking a Research Project Coordinator to fill a position that has become available.
7 July 2015
Do you want to be part of shaping the future of audiology in Australia?
We are seeking highly motivated PhD Scholars to be part of an exciting team committed to improving outcomes for people with hearing loss. The program of research will focus on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a patient/family-centred hearing rehabilitation intervention.
29 June 2015
2015 IRC Research Grants closing soon
For the 2015 grant round, the IRC wishes to hear from researchers who are collecting and analysing large-scale datasets that are likely to provide new insights into the relationships between clinical practice, patients and patient populations.
4 June 2015
‘Self-fitting’ hearing aids holds promise for millions
Health services in the developing world could benefit from a prototype hearing aid that assesses a person’s hearing thresholds and automatically adjusts its outputs accordingly.
“The lack of audiologists to assess hearing, fit devices and provide rehabilitation is a major problem in developing countries,” said Professor Bob Cowan, CEO of the HEARing CRC.
26 May 2015
Excellence in Innovation Award recognises websites’ positive impact on hearing loss awareness
This week, the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) was one of only two recipients of an Excellence in Innovation Award, presented by the Minister for Industry and Science the Hon Ian Macfarlane at the 2015 Cooperative Research Centres Association Conference Dinner at Parliament House, Canberra.
1 March 2015
Research funding boost sets the stage for live music venues to become hearing friendly
In support of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ‘Make Listening Safe’ Campaign, aimed at drawing attention to the growing risk of hearing loss posed by unsafe listening practices, the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (HEARing CRC) today announced a pilot study that will help determine how live music venues in Australia can be more “hearing friendly.”