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Hearing collaboration marks its first decade

The Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) has celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Established in 2013, the AHH was formed with the aim of improving the lives of those with hearing loss.

A decade later, it remains a globally unique partnership bringing together academic, industry, government, and not-for-profit members..

In addition to Macquarie University, members include Cochlear Limited, the Federal Government’s hearing services program Hearing Australia and its research arm, National Acoustic Laboratories, and not-for-profit specialists NextSense and The Shepherd Centre.

To celebrate the milestone anniversary, the AHH hosted a showcase of key member projects and areas of interest, followed by a networking event, on Wednesday, 16 August.

Macquarie University Academic Director of Hearing, Professor David McAlpine, says it has been very rewarding to see the community develop over the past 10 years.

“The AHH is a perfect example of what we can achieve when we foster collaborations like this with organisations that have shared goals, but different focuses and areas of expertise,” he says.

“It has been a privilege to work with our member organisations, and I’m  excited to see what we will accomplish together over the coming years.

“There is so much under way that it is hard to single out one project, but one space to watch is the Australian Future Hearing Initiative, which was established between Google Australia and all the members of the AHH earlier this year.

“We have a number of projects already under way that are designed to improve the listening experience of people who use hearing devices, and more initiatives to come. It’s really very exciting.”

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