Neurologic bases of hearing impairment
There are a number of common hearing disorders which specifically affect the auditory nerve and central neural pathways rather than the ear itself. These abnormalities (which are broadly termed "auditory neuropathies"), can involve a range of different mechanisms and sites-of-lesion. The aims of this research are to explore the processes underlying auditory neuropathy, to determine their functional (listening and communication)consequences and to develop targeted remediation strategies.
- 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
- A/Prof Alan Connelly (Melbourne Brain Centre)
- The HEARing Cooperative Research Centre
- Jack Brockhoff Foundation
- Collier Foundation
- Deafness Foundation
This research project is available to PhD students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
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.
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