Identification and Management of Hearing Disorders

Research Overview

Our group investigates hearing disorders in patients of all ages from newborns to the elderly. The work is primarily clinical (patient based) and involves research in the fields of diagnostic audiology, auditory neuroscience and remediation of hearing deficit. The group comprises clinicians from a range of professional specialties including audiology, genetics, ophthalmology, neurology, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, speech pathology as well as physicists and engineers working with hearing aids and other auditory devices.

We are currently undertaking research projects in the following areas:

  • The neurologic bases of hearing impairment
  • Identification and management of auditory neuropathy
  • Auditory deficits in neurodegenerative disease
  • Multisensory neuropathies
  • Auditory evoked potential assessment of infants and newborn babies
  • Auditory deficits in autism
  • Central auditory processing disorders in children
  • The effect of hearing impairment on general wellbeing in children and adults - including the effects of auditory deficits on stress and anxiety
  • The effects of school classroom acoustics on auditory processing and educational progress in normally hearing and hearing impaired children
  • The application of novel auditory devices for the remediation of hearing impairment in children and adults
  • Longitudinal changes in auditory processing processing ability in elderly Australians.

Staff

Collaborators

Research

  • Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
  • Bruce Lefroy Centre for Genetic Health Research
  • Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI)
  • Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance – Clinical Network
  • Florey Neurosciences Institute
  • Alfred Hospital – Dept of Neuroscience
  • Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
  • Bionics Institute
  • Victorian Department of Education & Training
  • Monash University, Department of Population Health

Commercial

  • Phonak Hearing Systems
  • Sonova Org
  • Cochlear Org

Funding

  • National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • Victorian Department of Education and Training
  • Deafness Foundation
  • Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
  • Jack Brockhoff Foundation
  • Collier Foundation
  • Sonova Org
  • Phonak Org.
  • The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre

Research Publications

Rance, G., Rickards, F.W., Cohen, L.T., De Vidi, S., & Clark, G.M. (1995).  The automated prediction of hearing thresholds in sleeping subjects using auditory steady-state evoked potentials.  Ear and Hearing, 16, 499-507.

Rance, G., Beer, D.E., Cone-Wesson, B., Shepherd, R.K., King, A., Rickards, F.W., & Clark, G.M. (1999).  Clinical findings for a group of infants and young children with auditory neuropathy.  Ear & Hearing, 20 (3), 238-252.

Rance, G., Fava, R., Baldock, H., Chong, A., Barker, E., Corben, L. & Delatycki, M. (2008).  Speech perception ability in individuals with Friedreich ataxia.  Brain, 131, 2002-2012.

Rance G, Ryan MM, Bayliss K, Gill K, O’Sullivan C, Whitechurch M. (2012).  Auditory Function in Children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease.  Brain. 135, 1412-1422.

Rance G, Starr A.  (2015).  Pathophysiological Mechanisms and Functional Hearing Consequences of Auditory Neuropathy.  Brain 138:3141-3158.

Tomlin D, Dillon H, Sharma M, Rance G. (2015). The Impact of Auditory Processing and Cognitive Abilities in Children.  Ear Hear  36(5), 527-542.

Graydon K, Rance G, Dowell R, Van Dun B. (In Press).  Consequences of Early Conductive Hearing Loss on Long-term Binaural Processing.  Ear Hear.

Carew P, Mensah FK, Rance G, Flynn T, Poulakis Z, Wake M.  (In Press).  Mild-Moderate Congenital Hearing Loss: Secular Trends in Outcomes of Mild-Moderate Congenital Hearing Loss Across Four Systems of Detection.  Child Care Health and Development.

Zanin J, Rance G. (2016). Functional hearing in the classroom: assistive listening devices for hearing-impaired students in a mainstream school setting. (International Journal of Audiology). 55(12), 723-729