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New treatments for hearing loss are only possible because of the willingness of people to participate in our research and clinical trials.  Whether you have good hearing or not, your support will help our scientists find new ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure hearing loss.

When involved in research, you contribute to your community and help change how hearing services are delivered for current and future generations.

Research Study: How should we assess telehealth benefits for cochlear implant services?

Dr Cathy Sucher and Assoc Prof Mel Ferguson are investigating ways to assess if the delivery of cochlear implant services through telehealth is equivalent to the gold-standard face-to-face clinical model of care. This study aims to develop a core set of outcome measures to help maximise telehealth’s benefits and ensure optimal and personalised care for cochlear implant users.

We invite all clinicians working with adult cochlear implant users, professionals involved in cochlear implant service provision, and adult cochlear implant users to share their opinions on what areas should be assessed and the measures used to assess cochlear implant outcomes and services.

What’s Involved?

You will be asked to complete up to three 20-minute online surveys. You will be asked about your opinion on a series of statements that can be used to assess outcomes of remote technologies for Cochlear Implant users and Cochlear Implant services.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Sucher on

If you are interested in taking part, please click on the links below:

Dr Cathy Sucher Senior Implant Audiologist and CI Research Lead

A/Prof Melanie Ferguson, Associate Professor Brain and Hearing, Curtin University

Approval to conduct this research has been provided by the University of Western Australia, in accordance with its ethics review and approval procedures. Any person considering participation in this research project, or agreeing to participate, may raise any questions or issues with the researchers at any time. In addition, any

person not satisfied with the response of researchers may raise ethics issues or concerns, and may make any complaints about this research project by contacting the Human Ethics Office at the University of Western Australia on (08) 6488 3703 or by emailing to

All research participants are entitled to retain a copy of any Participant Information Form and/or Participant Consent Form relating to this research project.

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