Audiology and Speech Pathology Research

The Department has fostered a diversification of research interests to include additional aspects of hearing, speech, language and vestibular function.

Auditory Neuroscience Unit

Hearing loss is a major international health problem which currently affects an estimated 360 million people (World Health Organisation, 2013) and at le ast one in six Australians (predicted to rise to 1 in 4 Australians by 2050). The annual economic cost resulting from hearing loss is 1.2 billion in Australia alone. Hearing loss is irreversible and results primarily from the damage to the cochlear sensory hair cells and/or auditory neurons. Whilst cochlear hair cell loss can be partially overcome by a cochlear implant, there is no routine treatment for cochlear neural loss.

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Bilateral and Binaural Hearing

The research group is examining the benefits of utilising bilateral hearing.

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Broader Outcomes, Learning and Communication in Children

The research in this theme is investigating broader outcomes for children with cochlear implants such as communicative, cognitive, language, socio-emotional and academic development.

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Cochlear implants in adults and children

This research theme covers all clinical aspects of the application of cochlear implants in adults and children as well as attempting to understand the underlying neuroscience of cochlear implant hearing.

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Identification and Management of Hearing Disorders

This research theme covers clinical (patient-based) research in the fields of diagnostic audiology, auditory neuroscience and remediation of hearing deficit.

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Identification and Management of Vestibular Disorders

The Vestibular Unit examines the nature of the balance system and how it is influenced by disorders and conditions that impact on its function, its pathways and the central nervous system integrity.

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Neuroscience of Speech

The Neuroscience of Speech (NEUS) research group undertakes discovery, clinical and translational research into communication and swallowing deficits in adults (University of Melbourne node) and children (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute node).

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