mdfThe HEARing CRC is one of four successful organisations to receive grants from the 2016 round of the New South Wales Government’s Medical Device Fund (MDF).

Through its commercial arm, HEARworks Ltd, the HEARing CRC will use a $750,000 MDF Grant to develop an Auditory Cortical Discrimination (ACORD) test to assist clinicians in deciding which hearing‐impaired infants should receive cochlear implants.

The ACORD test module, to be implemented into the HEARLab® platform, is a world-first tool that will change clinical management for infants identified with hearing loss through newborn hearing screening programs.

Once implemented, the ACORD test will provide objective evidence at the critical earliest possible age to assist clinicians in making recommendations to parents as to whether their hearing-impaired infants will develop the best language abilities through either use of hearing aids or receiving cochlear implants.

MDF grants help develop new medical devices and deliver hope for people with a range of medical ailments by funding competitive technology development and commercialisation programs that:

  • Provide support to individuals, companies, public and private hospitals, medical research institutes, universities and the medical devices industry, to take local innovation to market; and
  • Increase the uptake of NSW medical devices by the health system where they are cost effective and contribute to improved patient outcomes.