Hearing loss impacts many adults of all ages, and 7 in 10 adults aged over 70 years. Despite significant associated health, well-being and financial costs, referrals for hearing care, hearing aid adoption and use are very low.
Addressing all three Hearing Health TCR objectives, this project will address the issues of low referral and low uptake of hearing aids by identifying barriers to referral in medical practice
New interventions to increase referrals and use of hearing aids
This project will address the issues of low referral and low uptake of hearing aids by:
- Identifying the barriers to hearing care referral in medical practice.
- Identifying the barriers to hearing aid uptake and use in consumers.
- Developing and evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of targeted interventions on the identified barriers.
- Determining the economic implications of untreated hearing loss for the Australian population.
2023 - 2026 (3 years)
- Prof. Julia Sarant - Chief Investigator
- Prof. Jillian Francis
- Prof. Ajay Mahal
- Prof. Lena Sanci
- Prof. David Harris
Ella is a PhD candidate in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. Ella’s focus is on addressing the low rates of referral to hearing care specialists from medical practice. Through the identification of barriers to referral, Ella will contribute to the development of targeted interventions designed to increase rates of referral and give rise to a global improvement in hearing health outcomes.
Isha is a PhD candidate in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology. Isha’s focus is on addressing the low rates of hearing aid uptake and use among consumers. Through the identification of barriers to hearing intervention uptake, Isha will contribute to the development of targeted interventions designed to improve uptake and usage of hearing aids in adults with hearing loss, along with improved hearing health and quality of life outcomes
Dongfeng is a PhD candidate at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. Dongfeng will conduct:
- an economic analysis of the potential economic gains from increased uptake of hearing loss in Australia, including an expanded evaluation of the economic implications of hearing loss from a societal perspective
- an assessment of the improvement health-related quality of life relative to the costs of the interventions
- cost-benefit analyses that compare the monetary value of the benefits to the costs of the interventions, including estimating rates of return to investments in such interventions
This study includes:
- General Practitioners across metropolitan and rural Victoria
- Adults aged 60 and over with hearing loss from Victorian
- The University of Melbourne Audiology Clinic
- Blamey Saunders Hears
- NH&MRC - Targeted Call for Research in Hearing Health Grant No. 2015556