individualised_solutionsResearch in this Program is focused on fostering a patient-centric approach to hearing healthcare to meet individual needs and specific deficits, from candidature through to fitting and (re)habilitation.

Our current research into barriers to take-up of devices and rehabilitation has demonstrated that current ‘clinician-driven’ models often fail to encourage continuing use of technology. Adding further merit to this approach, Longitudinal Outcomes of Children with Hearing Impairment Study (LOCHI) results show that despite universal newborn hearing screening leading to early intervention, current habilitation programs do not enable every hearing-impaired children to achieve age-equivalent language and literacy outcomes.

Our research efforts in this Program will focus on how to best match devices and therapies to overcome each individual’s real-world hearing and communications disability, as well as providing outcomes that are evidence-based and provide patient-centric guidelines for candidature, fitting and (re)habilitation. Outcomes that can be used by clinicians and healthcare agencies to guide individual client choices and maximise the potential of hearing-impaired children to develop normal language and literacy abilities.

Insights from current research and outcomes from The Listening Brain Research Program will guide development of specific diagnostic, fitting or intervention strategies to be trialed using the CRC’s extensive clinical network. Translating research to practice for use by end-user agencies will occur as clinical guidelines, supplemented by training modules on HEARnet Learning.

Implementation of our research findings and how best to deliver individualised services to regional, rural and remote communities is a primary focus of the Enhanced Service Capacity Research Program.

The research project themes in this Program and associated projects are shown below.