Brain & Hearing v2-0

Understanding The Link Between the Brain and Hearing to Develop New Treatments for Hearing Loss

The dedicated Brain and Hearing team at Ear Science Institute includes researchers from otolaryngology, psychology, audiology, engineering, computer science, molecular and cellular sciences.

This multidisciplinary team focuses on translating the findings of research into clinical practice through developing new treatment and management protocols, understanding barriers to effective treatment, testing and creating devices, developing surgical techniques and epidemiology.

Main Projects

Novel treatments for hearing loss

Developing new treatments, strategies and policies to manage hearing impairment with wearable devices.

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Hearing loss and cognition

Changing the way we age by treating hearing loss to prevent dementia.

This project investigates the association between hearing loss and dementia. A critical study is to determine whether hearing aids can improve cognitive skills. It is important to maintain cognitive skills, as a decline of these is an important risk factor for dementia.

Dr Dona Jayakody currently leads the Australian Cognition and Hearing Loss Project (ACHLOS) at Ear Science Institute Australia.

Psychosocial impact of hearing loss

Understanding and addressing the mental wellbeing of people with hearing loss.

Hearing loss and mental health are often linked. Research has shown that hearing loss places a significant burden on many aspects of life. Research from Ear Science and others has demonstrated that children & adults with hearing loss have a greater risk of mental health problems, particularly increased anxiety.

Dr Bec Bennett’s research focuses on the experience of hearing loss, including how hearing loss can affect us socially, emotionally and psychologically.

Improving hearing implant outcomes

Designing and implementing effective services for people with cochlear implants.

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Understanding hearing loss in the population

Studies of hearing loss in the population provide valuable information on the prevalence (total number) and incidence (new cases) of hearing loss and related conditions. These studies also determine risk factors and how they may be related to other health conditions. They provide policymakers and health providers with data on managing and treating hearing loss and how to prioritise research.

Ear Science is involved in two major hearing loss epidemiology studies with a high international reputation.

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