Research in this program is focused on the development and deployment of online hearing healthcare delivery models that:
- Improve access for non-urban client populations;
- Provide online training provision for professionals;
- Promote healthy hearing habits for at-risk groups; and
- Develop alternative healthcare models that do not disadvantage regional, rural and remote communities.
Currently in Australia, clients rely on clinicians visiting rural and regional communities or having clients frequently traveling long distances to metropolitan centres which involves substantial costs. Our research will develop and validate new hearing healthcare service models that use automated self-fitting devices, as well as web-based solutions that empower clients to have an active role in managing their own hearing loss.
Research and technologies developed in this research Program also has great potential for application in developing countries where a lack of audiology services limits hearing aid fitting to less than 10% of those who can benefit from the technology.
Despite increasing public debate and awareness of the risks to hearing from our noisier lifestyle, many young adults continue to acquire preventable hearing loss and tinnitus through their leisure activities. This program will work closely with our HEARsmart Initiative to development innovative hearing loss prevention programs, campaigns and services that are effective in changing at-risk behaviour in targeted high-risk groups.
The research project themes in this Program and associated projects are shown below.