AHH seminar: Hearing and help-seeking

Peirs DawesSpeaker: Associate Professor Piers Dawes
Date: Monday 9 September
Time: 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Location: Australian Hearing Hub, Level 1, Lecture Theatre 

1.00pm – 1.05pm – Welcome
1.05pm – 1.45pm – Presentation
1.45pm – 2.00pm – Q & A
2.00pm – 2.30pm – Networking & Refreshments

Abstract:Hearing aid uptake is low and slow. Only a minority of people with hearing impairment use a hearing aid. In addition, those who do use a hearing aid typically have waited years before seeking help for hearing difficulties. A substantial proportion of people who own hearing aids use them only occasionally or not at all.

I will talk about how we have applied health psychological approaches to understanding hearing help-seeking, hearing aid uptake and use. What can we do to make hearing aid uptake higher and faster?

Bio:Piers Dawes studied speech and hearing science at Curtin University in Western Australia and holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from Oxford University. He held academic posts at the Universities of York and Manchester and is currently an Associate Professor in Audiology at the Australian Hearing Hub in Sydney. Dr Dawes’s research concerns i) understanding causes and impacts of hearing impairment, particularly in the context of multimorbidity in older age, ii) prevention and treatment of hearing impairment, and iii) hearing service development and evaluation.

Dr Dawes was a recipient of a US-UK Fulbright award and was awarded the British Society of Audiology’ TS Littler prize for services to audiology. Dr Dawes was the founding chair of the British Society of Audiology’s special interest group for cognition in hearing, which promotes research and raising awareness of new developments on cognitive issues in hearing science, assessment and intervention. Dr Dawes is joint PI for “Ears, Eyes and Mind: The “SENSE-Cog Project” to improve mental well-being for elderly Europeans with sensory impairment”, a €6.2 million EU Horizon 2020 project. Dr Dawes was a lead investigator for the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing and heads a consortium of international researchers (including Nottingham Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, Leeds University, Wisconsin University, University College London and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre) in analyzing hearing and tinnitus data from the UK Biobank resource (N=500,000 UK adults).

Registration:  Entry is free and open to the public.

Please register by Wednesday 4 September 2019 to louise.dodd@mq.edu.au

If you wish to claim this event as a non-endorsed Category 1 activity through Audiology Australia, please notify the registration desk before the seminar and an certificate of attendance will be emailed to you afterwards.

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