Research updates

  1. NAL is seeking adults that experience difficulties in speech and ...

    28 October, 2021
    The aim of this study is to evaluate Apple Airpods Proas a potential intervention measure for individuals with normal or near-normal hearing but with hearing difficulties in noisy environments. 
  2. Telepractice and early intervention: new evidence

    9 September, 2021
    Groundbreaking research by a NextSense Institute PhD graduate Melissa McCarthy is earning worldwide recognition, adding evidence to the field and generating confidence in support of the benefits of telepractice for family-centred early intervention.
  3. Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant success

    11 August, 2021
    The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister  for Health and Aged Care, announced funding to support research focused on innovative solutions in hearing and vision for people living with dementia.
  4. Causes and therapeutic solutions in Presbycusis

    20 May, 2021
    Help us better understand the current beliefs on presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) of researchers, clinicians, and technologists in the field of hearing and deafness.
  5. A/Prof Piers Dawes publishes the Montreal Cognitive Assessment - hearing ...

    12 April, 2021
    A/Prof Piers Dawes and his SENSEcog project colleagues have published a version of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) adapted and validated for people with hearing impairment. 
  6. World Hearing Day: Dementia link brings call for screening overhaul ...

    3 March, 2021
    As Hearing Awareness Week begins, Macquarie University researchers say strong links between hearing loss and ageing poorly highlight an urgency for better health screening of older Australians.
  7. NAL are seeking adults between the ages of 18-85 years ...

    21 December, 2020
    Participants will receive a free hearing test and $40 for their time.
  8. Australian experts join international hearing experts to publish a landmark ...

    14 September, 2020
    Australian experts have contributed to the first ever global consensus on the use of cochlear implants for the management of adults living with hearing loss, which was published today in JAMA Otolaryngology.
  9. Indigenous health research into the care of persistent hearing loss ...

    16 June, 2020
    A Macquarie University research team has been awarded a government grant of $1,961,473.90, over three years, by The Medical Research Future Fund to complete a study on improving care pathways for treating middle ear disease in Aboriginal children.
  10. World leading research by NAL proves early hearing help gives ...

    5 March, 2020
    Hearing Australia is encouraging parents to check their child’s hearing health to ensure they have a sound start to school this year. World leading research by the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), the research division of Hearing Australia, has established that the earlier a child with hearing loss can be fitted with a hearing aid or cochlear implant, the better the outcomes.
  11. There's an app for that: the new 'hearables' changing the ...

    5 March, 2020
    Disruptive technology and mobile phones mean people with hearing loss now have access to cheap tools that promise to enhance their lives. Dr Nicole Matthews has been researching hearing-related digital tools and the people who use them for the last two years.
  12. Why do so few people get help for hearing difficulties? ...

    5 March, 2020
    Hearing problems are common and yet many Australians are failing to take up life-changing hearing aids and cochlear implants. Macquarie researchers set out to discover why.
  13. "How does the human brain separate foreground and background in ...

    21 January, 2020
    Congratulate to  Dr Lindsey Van Yper, an early career researcher, on her recent successful application to the Linguistic Department's Chitra Fernando ECR fund.
  14. New ARC Discovery Project

    2 December, 2019
    New ARC Discovery Project to look at the perception/production link in child language development to better understand the language challenges for children with hearing loss
  15. Grant success – Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Scheme (Small)

    1 December, 2019
    Awarded $59,485 to purchase audiological equipment that will be used to (1) calibrate headphones, and (2) perform hearing screening.
  16. Grant success – Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Scheme (Large)

    30 November, 2019
    Awarded $149,089 to install a multi-projector video reproduction system with an extensive 200° acoustically transparent screen inside the 3D speaker array in the anechoic chamber located within the Australian Hearing Hub.
  17. New research project at the National Acoustic Laboratories

    17 September, 2019
    The aim of this project is to investigate whether the advanced features of a hearing aid can help reduce the effort required in daily conversations.
  18. Official start of the new ARC Linkage project 'Beyond Speech: ...

    9 September, 2019
    The new ARC Linkage Project ‘Beyond Speech: Roads to Effective Communication’ officially started on 8 August
  19. Layelle excelling in two languages

    18 June, 2019
    Research has shown that bilateral implants significantly improve speech and vocabulary outcomes. For nine-year-old Layelle, this has her speaking fluently in two languages.
  20. New Cochlear study to help Chinese children

    18 June, 2019
    A huge congratulations to Dr Ping Tang, who has graduated with his PhD and was awarded the Vice-Chancellor's commendation for academic excellence! 
  21. Speech-in-noise difficulties with a normal or ‘near-normal’ audiogram? Participate in ...

    12 February, 2019
    A team of the National Acoustic Laboratories is now collecting data on the experiences of people with normal hearing or mild hearing loss who have greater-than-normal difficulty understanding speech in noise, as well as the clinicians who see these clients.
  22. Innovative research aiming at MEG (MagnetoEncephaloGram) scan for cochlear implant ...

    7 January, 2019
    Want to contribute to science? Are you around Uni during January?
  23. Intrepid MEG Astronauts at Macquarie University

    13 September, 2018
    Using MQ’s worlds-first child-optimised magnetoencephalography (MEG), this ARC funded project have successfully completed the first phase of data collection with eighty-four young children and their families’ visiting the lab to undergo astronaut training (‘MEG’) testing.
  24. Would you like to volunteer for research and get paid? ...

    9 August, 2018
    We are looking for listeners with bilateral cochlear implants OR a cochlear implant with hearing aid aged between 18 to 80.
  25. New research shows that Death Metal lyrics are intelligible to ...

    27 June, 2018
    New research published in the June issue of the Journal of Music Perception by Drs Kirk Olsen, Bill Thompson and Iain Giblin shows that Death Metal lyrics are intelligible to certain groups of listeners.
  26. Language development in deaf or hard-of-hearing children with additional disabilities: ...

    7 June, 2018
    Approximately 30-40% of children with hearing loss have one or more additional disabilities. New research underscores the potential benefits of early intervention for these children.
  27. ARC Discovery Project - Listen and learn

    13 November, 2017
    Professor David McAlpine, has been awarded funding for an ARC Discovery Project “Listen and learn - statistical learning and the adapting auditory brain”
  28. The Role of Music in Your Family: Online Survey

    11 July, 2017
    Do you have a child aged 2-5yrs yet to start primary school?

    If so, you could help us by completing an online survey on music!
  29. The Age: New study demonstrates link between music and statistical ...

    18 May, 2017
    Dr Pragati Mandikal-Vasuki talks to The Age about her study on the effect of learning music in childhood on auditory and visual skills.
  30. Relationship between Indigenous Children's Hearing and Phonological Awareness

    16 March, 2017
    On 8 March 2017 a Workshop was held at Macquarie University on the 'Relationship between Indigenous Children's Hearing and Phonological Awareness in Remote Communities in the Northern Territory'
  31. Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) MidWinter Meeting

    16 March, 2017
    The Association for Research in Otolarynogolgy (ARO) held its 40th Annual MidWinter Meeting in Baltimore on 11-15 February 2017.
  32. Get your hearing tested!

    9 March, 2017
    Are you aged between 18-50 years?
    Participate in our experiment!
    Receive $20 vouchers for each session of participation.
  33. Participate in research: Do you have difficulty listening to speech ...

    9 March, 2017
    Get your hearing tested!
    Are you aged between 18-70 years?
    Do you have difficulty listening to speech in the presence of noise?
  34. Participate in research: Do you wear hearing aids?

    8 March, 2017
    Get your hearing tested!
    Are you aged between 18-70 years?
    Do you wear hearing aids?
  35. The Centre for Implementation in Hearing Research (I-HeaR)

    20 January, 2017
    Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, Department of Linguistics, has been awarded funding to create a new MQ Research Centre. The Centre for Implementation in Hearing Research (I-HeaR).
  36. Teaching the elderly how to fight off the blues by ...

    4 April, 2016
    A study by Macquarie University researchers has found that being involved in a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group program, aptly named Ageing Wisely, can help elderly people fight off depression and anxiety.
  37. Kids’ hearing difficulties are reflected in their brainwaves

    10 January, 2016
    The researchers found that the presence of noise affects the brainwaves of all children, and so is a relevant factor to consider when thinking about ...
  38. Australian Hearing Hub Open House - Presentations

    4 September, 2014
      Download presentations from the Australian Hearing Hub Open House event – Short talks Harvey Dillon – Hearing in the AHH Katherine Revius – Early ...
  39. Hearing and the Brain: Translating research into practice, presentations

    26 June, 2014
    Download the presentations from the Hearing and the Brain: Translating research into practice Frank Lin H&B 2014 Blake Johnson H&B 2014 Kathy Pichora-Fuller H&B 2014 ...
  40. Inaugural conference 2013, Abstracts

    20 June, 2013
    Download abstracts from the Australian Hearing Hub inaugural conference,2013.
  41. HEARnet

    6 May, 2013
    The HEARing Education and Research Network (HEARnet) provides information about hearing, hearing loss and hearing technology for the public, hearing healthcare and medical professionals, and researchers. It is presented such that users can readily understand and apply information in their everyday lives or clinical practices.
  42. HEARLab

    6 May, 2013
    HEARlab is a versatile clinical device developed by the HEARing CRC and the National Acoustics Laboratory (NAL) to record and analyse electrophysiological data in the form of the Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials. It can be used to measure the hearing ability of babies, children and adults unable to respond verbally to hearing tests.
  43. Audiology research story

    9 January, 2013
    This is an audiology research story conducted by The Macquarie University Speech Clinic, Research Team.