Hearing implants

A revolution in hearing rehabilitation occurred some 30 years ago when cochlear implants were made widely available. Since then over 500,000 people worldwide with profound hearing loss have been given the sense of hearing. Ear Science is a leader in the field, having implanted well over 800 people, making it the third largest hearing implant program in Australia.

An essential part of a first-class implant clinic is that all procedures and care are supported by scientific evidence. Ear Science dedicates considerable resources to quality improvement, assessing outcomes and testing new devices and procedures. Ear Science audiologists and surgeons are key participants in this research which maximises the ability to transfer new knowledge to clinical practice.

Ear Science’s research activities include the investigation and development of new models of care, especially to those in rural and remote areas, speech perception testing, cognition, bone conduction hearing aids, handling skills and quality of life.

Ear Science is a member of HEARRING an international research co-operative aimed at developing best practice models of care. Researcher and clinicians also collaborate with research across Australia and internationally on hearing implant research.


Cathy Sucher, Azadeh Ebrahimi-Madiseh, Yvette Smulders, Marcus Atlas, Rob Eikelboom, Gemma Upson, Peter Santa-Maria, Ronel Chester-Browne.

Key publications:

Bennett RJ, Jayakody DMP Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Self-reported cochlear implant management skills: development and validation of the self-administered Cochlear Implant Management Skills (CIMS-self) survey. Journal: Clinical Otolaryngology. Accepted for publication Oct 2016.

Casserly P, Atlas MD, Friedland PL. The role of subtotal petrosectomy in cochlear implantation. Journal of Laryngology and Otology. Accepted for publication. February 2016.

Ebrahimi-Madiseh A, Eikelboom RH, Jayakody DMP, Atlas MD. Speech perception scores in cochlear implant recipients: An analysis of ceiling effects in the CUNY sentence test in post-lingually deafened cochlear implant recipients. Cochlear Implants International. Online 5 Feb 2016. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14670100.2015.1114220.

Domville-Lewis C, Santa Maria P, Upson G, Chester-Browne R, Atlas MD. Psychophysical Map Stability in Bilateral Sequential Cochlear Implantation - Comparing Current Audiology Methods to a New Statistical Definition. Ear and Hearing. 36(5): 497-504; 2015.

Eikelboom RH, Jayakody D, Swanepoel D, Chang S, Atlas MD. Validation of remote mapping of cochlear implants. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 20(4): 169-175; 2014.

Santa Maria PL, Oghalai JS. When is the best timing for the second implant in pediatric bilateral cochlear implantation? Laryngoscope. 124(7):1511-2; 2014.

Santa Maria PL, Gluth MB, Yuan Y, Atlas MD, Blevins NH. Hearing Preservation Surgery for Cochlear Implantation – A Meta-Analysis. Otology and Neurotology. 35(10):e256-69; 2014. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000561.

Marino R, Linton N, Eikelboom RH, Statham E, Rajan GP. Round window application of the Vibrant Soundbridge (VSB) for patients with mixed or conductive hearing loss – an Australian first. International Journal of Audiology. 52:209-218; 2013.

Santa Maria PL, Domville-Lewis C, Sucher CM, Chester-Browne R, Atlas MD. Hearing preservation surgery for cochlear implantation – Hearing and quality of life after two years. Otology and Neurotology. 34:526-531; 2013.

Van de Heyning P, Adunka O, Arauz SL, Atlas M, Baumgartner WD, Brill S, Bruce I, Buchman C, Caversaccio M, Dillon M, Eikelboom R, Eskilsson G, Gavilan J, Godey B, Green K, Gstoettner W, Hagen R, Han D, Iwasaki S, Kameswaran M, Karltorp E, Kleine Punte A, Kompis M, Kuthubutheen J, Kuzovkov V, Lassaletta L, Li Y, Lorens A, Manikoth M, Martin J, Mlynski R, Mueller J, O'Driscoll M, Parnes L, Pillsbury H, Prentiss S, Pulibalathingal S, Raine CH, Rajan G, Rajeswaran R, Riechelmann H, Rivas A, Rivas JA, Senn P, Skarzynski PH, Sprinzl G, Staecker H, Stephan K, Sugarova S, Usami SI, Wolf-Magele A, Yanov Y, Zernotti ME, Zimmerman K, Zorowka P, Skarzynski H. Standard of practice in the field of hearing implants. Cochlear Implants International 14(suppl 2);S1-S5; 2013.

Jayakody D, Looi V, Lin E, Robb M. The development of a pitch training program for adult cochlear implant and hearing aid users. Seminars in Hearing. 33(4):381-398; 2012. 10.1055/s-0032-1329226

Skarzynski HK, Van de Heyning P, DeMin H, Li Y, Bo L, Caversaccio M, Rivas J, Rivas A, Raine C, Arauz S, Zernotti M, Manoj M, Kameswaran M, Sprinzl G, Zorowka P, Staecker H, Parnes L, Gavilan J, Lassaletta L, Green K, Usami S, Mueller J, Atlas M, Rajan G, Godey B, Karltorp E, Yanov Y, Kuzovkov V, Adunka O, Buchman C, Baumgartner WD, Gstoettner W, Hagen R, Skarzynski P, Lorens A. Hearing Preservation Classification. Journal of Hearing Science. 2(2):SR95-96; 2012.

Tan BYB, Gluth MB, Statham EL, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Mobile and Landline Telephone Performance Outcomes Among Telephone-Using Cochlear Implant Recipients. Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. 146(2);283-288, 2012.

Gluth M, Atlas MD. Prevention and management of cochlear implant infections. Cochlear Implants Int. 12(4):223-7; 2011.

Looi V, Winter P, Anderson I, Sucher C. A music quality rating test battery for cochlear implant users to compare the FSP and HDCIS strategies for music appreciation. International Journal of Audiology. 50(8):503-18; 2011.

Gluth MB, Eager K, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Long-term benefit perception, complications, and device malfunction rate of bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) implantation for profound unilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Otology and Neuro-otology. 31:1427-1434; 2010.