About Us

A commitment to improving the quality of life of people with ear, balance and associated disorders.

The team at the Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA) is dedicated to improving ear and hearing outcomes through education and translational research (bed-to-bench-to-bed) that is multi-disciplinary in nature. 

We are uniquely placed to provide evidence based service excellence when addressing hearing loss issues.

We draw on:

  • Our mandate in research, education and training
  • A dedicated team of experts
  • National and international networks
  • Skills from many fields including otolaryngology, audiology, engineering, computer science and molecular and cellular sciences.

An independent, not-for-profit organisation.

Established in September 2001 as the Lions Ear and Hearing Institute (LEHI), the ESIA continues to have a close relationship with the Lions Hearing Foundation and the Lions Club membership.

Today, our charter is to connect our research, clinical, educational and community activities to the challenges faced by those who suffer from hearing loss and balance disorders.

We aim to match the advantages of unique clinical successes with innovative research and state-of-the-art training and clinical practice.

Our activities are centred on four key pillars:


We conduct world-leading research that is evidenced by its scientific rigor and quality.  Our research outcomes are applied to everyday medicine.

Education and Training

We deliver best in class education and training to a wide range of medical professionals so that they can deliver quality care.

Clinical Service

We deliver internationally renowned clinical services that incorporate best practice, evidence based care. 

Community Services

We advocate hearing health and educate the community on the importance of prevention, treatment and management of ear and balance disorders.

Winthrop Professor Marcus Atlas, Director

The Institute's Director is Winthrop Professor Marcus Atlas, who was appointed as the Foundation Professor of Otolaryngology at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2001. His chair is funded by the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation.  He also heads the Ear Sciences Centre in the School of Surgery at UWA.

Our Affiliations

ESIA is affiliated with a number of key local, national and international organisations. They include UWA, key Western Australian teaching hospitals, the Western Australian Department of Health and a number of international medical research groups.