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.
Bilateral and Binaural Hearing
The research group is examining the benefits of utilising bilateral hearing.
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.
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.
- Auditory deficits in autism
- Diagnosis and management of Auditory Processing Disorder
- Infant Discrimination and Early Acquisition of Language – the IDEAL study
- Neurologic bases of hearing impairment
- The impact of classroom environment on auditory comprehension and academic progress
- The long-term effects of conductive hearing loss
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.
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).
- Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language
- Communication and Swallowing in Dementia
- Developmental Stuttering
- Genetics of speech and language
- Neural basis of childhood speech and language disorders
- Speech and swallowing in Movement Disorders
- Speech as a marker of brain function
- Summer Internship