Rebecca Bennett

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Rebecca Bennett

BSc, MAud, MBus, GradDipCounselling, PhD

As a clinical audiologist with 12 years’ clinical experience, Bec was inspired to embark upon a research career by exposure to real-world problems reported by the hearing impaired patients she worked with each day.

Bec completed her PhD through the University of Western Australia in 2018. Her PhD research developed a tool to support clinicians and hearing aid owners in addressing and preventing problems associated with hearing aid use. Participatory methods were used, involving both clinicians and hearing aid owners in group concept mapping activities. Two clinical surveys were developed evaluating the skills and knowledge required for hearing aid management: the Hearing Aid Skills and Knowledge Inventory (HASKI). Psychometric evaluation of the surveys demonstrated that they are valid, reliable and clinically feasible measures. Findings highlight the importance of hearing aid management skills and knowledge to successfully rehabilitate hearing impairment with hearing aids. The surveys are freely available for clinicians to download and use in their clinical practice.

During this time she received an award from The University of Western Australia Convocation to fund her travel to the World Congress of Audiology 2016, Vancouver, Canada, where her poster presentation was awarded a prize for most Outstanding Student Poster. During her 5 years of PhD candidature she published 17 articles in peer-reviewed journals (11 as first author), presented at 21 state, national and international conferences, and contributed to two book chapters.

Bec’s research now focuses on the psychosocial and psychological needs of adults with hearing impairment. Her recent studies have identified gaps in the knowledge and confidence of audiologists regarding addressing the mental health needs of adults with hearing impairment. She is working towards developing a clinical intervention to assist audiologists address these gaps.

Bec is passionate about education and lectures at the University of Western Australia (Masters of Audiology) and the University of Notre Dame (Medicine). She has supervised 9 Masters of Audiology students and is currently supervising 3 PhD students. She is a Director for Audiology Australia (2017-18) and has completed the Foundations for Not For Profit Directors course at the Australian Institute for Company Directors.

Top publications:

Bennett RJ, Meyer CJ, Eikelboom RH, Atlas JD, Atlas MD. Factors associated with self-reported hearing aid skills and knowledge. American Journal of Audiology. Accepted June 2018.

Bennett RJ, Meyer CJ, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Evaluating hearing aid management: Development and validation of the Hearing Aid Skills and Knowledge Inventory (HASKI). American Journal of Audiology, 27(3):333-348; 2018.

Bennett RJ, Laplante-Lévesque A, Eikelboom RH. (2018). How do hearing aid owners respond to hearing aid problems? Ear & Hearing. 1-25; 2018.

Bennett RJ, Meyer CJ, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. How do hearing aid owners acquire hearing aid management skills? Journal of the American Academy of Audiology. Accepted January 2018.

Bennett RJ, Laplante-Lévesque A, Meyer CJ, Eikelboom RH.  Exploring hearing aid problems: Perspectives of hearing aid owners and clinicians. Ear and Hearing. 39(1):172-187; 2018.

Bennett RJ, Meyer CJ, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Investigating the knowledge, skills and tasks required for hearing aid management: Perspectives of clinicians and hearing aid owners. American Journal of Audiology. 27(1):67-84; 2018.

Bennett RJ, Taljaard DS, Meyer CJ, Eikelboom RH. Are hearing aid users able to identify and report handling difficulties? International Journal of Audiology. 56(11):887-893; 2017.

Bennett RJ, Jayakody DM, Eikelboom RH, Atlas MD. Self‐reported cochlear implant management skills: development and validation of the self‐administered Cochlear Implant Management Skills (CIMS‐self) survey. Clinical Otolaryngology. 42(1):164-171; 2017.

Bennett RJ, Jayakody DMP, Atlas MD, Taljaard DS, Eikelboom RH. A prospective study evaluating cochlear implant management skills: development and validation of the Cochlear Implant Management Skills (CIMS) survey. Clinical Otolaryngology. 41(1):51-58; 2016.

Bennett RJ, Meyer C, Eikelboom RH. Does clinician continuity influence hearing aid outcomes? International Journal of Audiology. 55(10): 556-563; 2016.