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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Macquarie University and Cochlear partner for hearing research and audiology education

Macquarie University and Cochlear have recently announced the establishment of the co-funded Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Healthy Ageing at Macquarie University, a role that will strengthen and formalise the strategic collaboration between the organisations.

Macquarie University and Cochlear partner for hearing research and audiology education

Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton (left) and Cochlear’s President Dig Howitt (Image credit: Jo Stephan, Macquarie University)

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions and focuses on technology innovations to treat a range of moderate to profound types of hearing loss. The company has long supported clinically focused hearing research, audiology education and advocacy in hearing health care.

The Cochlear Chair at Macquarie University will align this focus with the university’s own commitments in hearing research and education, as well as clinical practice and advocacy. The Chair will oversee the implementation of collaborative research and education strategies, with the long-term goal of developing a leading platform for further impactful research in hearing in Australia.

The announcement was made at Cochlear headquarters by Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton, together with Cochlear’s President Dig Howitt, who was recently announced as Cochlear’s next Chief Executive Officer effective January 3 next year.

“Around 3.6 million Australians are affected by hearing loss, a number that will double by 2060 as the population ages. Macquarie University and Cochlear continue to commit ourselves to addressing that major health priority,” said Professor Dowton.

“Macquarie is home to the Macquarie Hearing Hub, and Cochlear continues to lead the market with innovative new hearing technologies—together we exemplify the strategic industry-academic engagement called for in the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, and we are in a good position for further impactful research in the hearing space.”

In addition to its commitment to the Cochlear Chair, Cochlear has also committed to provide financial support for the ongoing research activities of the university’s Professor of Hearing, Language & The Brain and Australian Laureate Fellow, Professor David McAlpine.

“Hearing loss is a major public health problem. There is increasing evidence of the importance of hearing to overall health, especially as people age. Developing evidence of the impact of untreated hearing loss on people’s health and the economy, and the effectiveness of treatments, is critical to ensuring hearing loss is treated appropriately. We are proud to sponsor the Cochlear Chair in Hearing and Healthy Ageing at Macquarie and to provide support to Professor McAlpine’s research. Professor McAlpine has already made significant contributions to the fields of audiology and hearing,” said Cochlear President Dig Howitt.

Cochlear moved its purpose-built global headquarters to Macquarie University’s North Ryde campus in 2010, allowing a strategic collaboration to grow in support of research, learning and teaching and advocacy around hearing health. This partnership has only increased in strength and benefit to the hearing health community, particularly with Macquarie’s establishment of the Australian Hearing Hub in 2013, which brings together a variety of research centres and hearing stakeholders.

Study Audiology at Macquarie University

The audiology program at Macquarie Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 2 years

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying audiology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Macquarie Audiology expert calls attention to noise in the workplace

During Hearing Awareness Week (August 20 – 26, 2017), researcher Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, Head of Audiology at Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub, wants companies and employers to be aware that even a moderately noisy working environment, such as an office, could be impacting their employees’ well-being.

Macquarie Audiology expert calls attention to noise in the workplace

Associate Professor Catherine McMahon, Head of Audiology at Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub (Photo: Macquarie)

“While excessive noise can cause hearing loss, moderate levels which may not be damaging to hearing can increase stress, decrease motivation and therefore reduce workplace productivity,” explains Associate Professor McMahon.

While excessive noise is a leading cause behind hearing loss, with a 2010 Access Economics Report attributing noise as the reason behind 37 per cent of hearing loss cases in Australia, the impact of moderate noise levels on well-being and physical health can also be quite severe.

“Stress increases cortisol levels which can affect our weight, increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, depression and lead to lower life expectancy. Noise can also reduce our ability to sleep, and due to the need for increased attention to what we are doing—listening to someone speak, reading or writing—we are generally more fatigued by the end of the day. Of course, this can also cause increased effort when thinking, frustration and anxiety,” explains Associate Professor McMahon.

Workplace areas such as open plan offices, while an innovative design, need to be acoustically well considered, says McMahon, otherwise these spaces could be impacting employees’ ability to do their work comfortably.

“Noise is a subjective parameter, therefore we need to assess how an individual reacts to sound and determine its effects on distractibility, stress and productivity. For example, it’s important to remember that speech is time varying and changes in level and informational content. Therefore, speech from an adjacent cubical can be considered annoying if it is distracting others from working, which is not simply a matter of the level of an individual’s voice.”

In addition to companies and employers taking into account office acoustic design, McMahon also suggests the use of noise-cancelling headphones in noisy areas.

“Noise-cancelling headphones may help to some extent in reducing the impact of noise on a worker, particularly if the office can’t be altered to reduce sound. However, it should be noted that these types of headphones are designed to reduce the levels of noise, which has a different spectral quality than speech.”

However, one of the biggest tips that McMahon offers workplaces is to support their employees in taking breaks in order to reduce the impact of a noisy workplace.

“Noise and stress are cumulative—everyone needs a break from noise. So taking a lunch break or going for a walk during the day is a great strategy and is good for your physical and mental health,” she concludes.

Study Audiology at Macquarie University

Communication is a vital aspect of what it means to be human and hearing is critical to communicating effectively. Audiologists experts in the non-medical management of hearing disorders play a key role in assisting those with hearing impairments to successfully engage with society. This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and training you’ll need to practice as a qualified clinical audiologist. It will develop your skills in assessment strategies, rehabilitation and habilitation of the hearing impaired, as well as provide you with training in research design.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 30 each year; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Apply to Macquarie Audiology School!

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Would you like more information about degrees offered Macquarie Audiology School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

International audiology experts gather at world-leading symposium

There are 360 million people living with disabling hearing loss worldwide and this figure is set to increase significantly. To prepare for the expanding needs of these patients, Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), together with Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub, brought together international experts from the audiology community in a world-leading symposium, held Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Sydney, Australia.

International audiology experts gather in a world-leading symposium

Australian Hearing Hub (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

“The symposium is not a typical conference where delegates come and listen to presentations, but a place for us to come together to identify new opportunities for collaboration, discuss the latest research and future directions, and this will ultimately support our clinical partners to enhance patient outcomes,” said Jan Janssen, Senior Vice President, Design and Development, Cochlear.

The four-day Global Research Symposium united more than 200 multidisciplinary stakeholders along the entire spectrum of care under the theme of “First Heard,” tying the transformative effect implantable hearing solutions have with the first occasion of the event. By sponsoring this unique event, Cochlear is investing in the future and uniting leading voices around the most important scientific topics facing implantable hearing solutions for the coming decade.

“Implantable hearing solutions provide extraordinary outcomes for people with severe to profound hearing loss; however, there are still many opportunities to significantly improve hearing outcomes and meet the growing needs of patients with severe to profound hearing loss,” explained Janssen.

The symposium provides a unique opportunity for researchers to share new theories and innovative study concepts with their peers and a select group of world-leading scientists, enabling open discussion and debate.

“A big focus with research nowadays is looking at what promotes healthy ageing—what can allow us to not necessarily live longer, but maybe live better,” said Dr. Frank Lin, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins University.

“Hearing is something that hadn’t really been looked at in the context of ageing until five years ago, but it’s something we’ve found can play an important role in mobility and cognitive health, both key challenges the elderly population face.”

“We are excited to welcome the international audiology community to the Australian Hearing Hub and showcase the unique facilities located here. Not only is our research and clinical community located together at Macquarie University, it is also the global centre for Cochlear implant manufacturing,” explained David McAlpine, Professor of Hearing, Language and the Brain & Director of Hearing Research at Macquarie University.

Australian Hearing Hub

The Australian Hearing Hub unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

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Would you like more information about studying audiology at Macquarie University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

University of Melbourne Audiology application deadline

Don’t miss the Melbourne Audiology School application deadline! Applications for the Master of Clinical Audiology program close this Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

Melbourne Audiology application deadline

Study audiology at the University of Melbourne

How are applications assessed?

The Selection Committee will consider applications from individuals with a science, biomedical science, health-related or other relevant degree that is equivalent to a three-year bachelor’s degree from an Australian university. The selection process will involve consideration of

  • the applicant’s complete academic record, with emphasis on the final year/s of the undergraduate degree;
  • any postgraduate study; and
  • the relevance of previous studies to the field of audiology.

The University of Melbourne is committed to attracting students of the highest calibre. Entry into the audiology program is highly competitive and selection is made by a ranking process.

What is considered a “relevant” degree?

While preference is given to students from a science/health/linguistics/psychology background, Melbourne has accepted students from engineering, music, and some arts and education programs.

Can you improve your chances of getting into the program?

Basically, the higher your marks, the better your chances. If you don’t have the marks to be shortlisted you may wish to consider taking further studies to boost your weighted average mark, such as a postgraduate certificate or diploma in a relevant area. The university does not make recommendations on a study plan or provide advice on courses, but any science or human health-related area is relevant (including psychology and linguistics).

University of Melbourne Audiology program

The Master of Clinical Audiology at the Melbourne Audiology School focuses on developing professional skills through a large program component of comprehensive clinical training. Clinical skills are supplemented by coursework and lectures that introduce students to graduate-level research methods, while maintaining a strong level of scientific acumen expected of students in the health sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: October 28, 2016

Apply to the University of Melbourne Audiology School!

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Do you have any questions about Melbourne Audiology School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information!

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Listen up! It’s Australian Hearing Awareness Week

Now hear this! Aug. 21–27, 2016 is Australian Hearing Awareness week.

Listen up! Australian Hearing Awareness Week

You can study audiology in Australia! (Image credit: Hearing Awareness Week)

Audiology is a growing discipline in the health sciences that deals with the study, diagnosis and rehabilitation of the auditory system of the human body. As a clinical profession, audiology uses applied science to develop and perform precision tests that locate the specific range and frequency of hearing loss, information necessary for implementing an effective recovery strategy. Additionally, audiology identifies and treats dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which can affect one’s balance and spatial orientation.

There are very few Canadian universities that offer a Master of Audiology, and only three audiology schools are taught solely as an English-language program. Consequently, competitive admissions arising from so few spots have made Australian Audiology Schools an attractive option for Canadian students who wish to learn the requisite clinical skills to practice audiology.

A master’s degree in audiology is the minimum requirement for an audiologist to practice in Canada.

Australian audiology schools offering graduate-entry study in audiology design their programs to operate along two fronts: On the first, students are taught the scientific and theoretical knowledge of audiology as a branch of the health sciences; on the second front, students develop the fundamental skills and techniques dedicated to the practice of audiology as a clinical profession. Australian universities are internationally recognized, and graduates of an Australian audiology program are eligible to apply for certification in Canada.

Discover more about studying audiology in Australia!

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For more information about audiology program entry requirements, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com!

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Why choose UQ audiology?

Study audiology at the University of Queensland and you will learn from international leaders in the field with course content based on the latest research and developments in audiology.

Why choose UQ audiology?

Study audiology at beautiful the University of Queensland

Students gain practical experience experience in on-site clinics that are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. UQ is the only Queensland university to offer a Master of Audiology Studies degree, and is one of only five in Australia.

The UQ Audiology program integrates the theoretical foundations of audiology with practical clinical skills in preparation for a career as a clinical audiologist. Students also gain the ability to contribute to the development of clinical audiology through research and scholarship.

UQ is known worldwide for the quality of its audiology graduates, commitment of teaching staff and strong research focus in this field. As a graduate of audiology, you will be in high demand with employers due to your in-depth knowledge and hands-on, practical skills.

Audiologists can work organisations such as government, public and private hospitals, private practice, community organisations and in research.

Program: Master of Audiology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

Apply to the University of Queensland Audiology School!

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For more information about the UQ Audiology program entry requirements, application deadline, and tuition fees, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Macquarie Hearing Hub professor awarded Australian Laureate Fellowship

Professor David McAlpine, Macquarie University’s Director of Hearing Research at the Australian Hearing Hub, has been announced as a 2016 Australian Laureate Fellow by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme gives outstanding research leaders the opportunity to tackle some of the most urgent and complex research issues facing Australia and the world. Professor McAlpine will receive $2,468,738 toward research exploring how a sense of space is generated by the auditory brain.

Macquarie Hearing Hub

Professor David McAlpine, Macquarie University’s Director of Hearing Research at the Australian Hearing Hub (Photo credit: Macquarie University)

“I’m interested in how the brain represents the ‘auditory scene’: the complex wash of sounds that arrives at our two ears, and from which we make sense of the world. Spatial hearing is necessary for locating the source of a sound, and critical for communication in noisy listening conditions,” said Professor McAlpine.

“The research spans neural modeling, methods for recording individual neurons in the brain, as well as brain-imaging and electrophysiology in normal and hearing-impaired listeners, including those who use cochlear implants. With the findings I hope to improve our understanding of how we naturally perform these remarkable feats, with potential applications in how we can restore the ability in individuals who have lost their hearing and rely on hearing devices to hear.”

Globally, 360 million people experience hearing loss and one in six Australians are currently affected by a hearing impairment, resulting in a wide range of adverse health, social, and financial impacts. By 2050, 1 in 4 Australian’s will have some form of hearing loss.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius congratulated Professor McAlpine on the achievement, and said he was delighted to see this tradition of excellence continuing at Macquarie.

“Macquarie is one of a very small group of universities that have been awarded an ARC Laureate Fellowship each year for the last four years.  Each of our Laureate Fellows is a world-leading researcher and the research they conduct will have world-changing impact. Professor McAlpine is an outstanding researcher who is making a difference to research at Macquarie University and a difference to the well-being of people with hearing impairments.

“As Director of Hearing Research at the Australian Hearing Hub, Professor McAlpine is in an excellent position to forge ahead in the hearing space, supported closely by the university’s numerous Departments and Centre of Excellence with expertise in audiology, linguistics, cognitive sciences and more, as well as with our neighbouring corporate partners.”

Professor McAlpine joined Macquarie University and the Australian Hearing Hub following a decade long stint as Professor of Auditory Neuroscience at University College London and Director of the UCL Ear Institute. The Australian Hearing Hub brings together some of the country’s leading hearing and healthcare organisations, researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators, with Macquarie, one of the country’s leading research universities, to collaborate on world-leading research projects.

Macquarie Hearing Hub

The Macquarie Hearing Hub at Macquarie University unites researchers, educators, clinicians and innovators with expertise in audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication and engineering sciences.

The Hearing Hub is a global leader in speech, hearing and language research. The Australian Hearing Hub leverages the university’s extensive international expertise in language sciences and cognitive sciences research, and in clinical research and professional training teams in audiology and speech language pathology.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 30, 2015.

Apply to Macquarie University Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying audiology at Macquarie University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Auditory Neuroscience Unit at the University of Melbourne

The primary aim of the Auditory Neuroscience Unit at the University of Melbourne is to provide a better understanding of the normal anatomy and physiology of the mammalian auditory system, with a view to designing intelligent therapies for those with hearing loss. Projects within the unit straddle basic, translational and clinical research and these can be tailored to suit those interested in either wet laboratory or clinical research.

University of Melbourne Audiology School

Study at the University of Melbourne

Cochlear implants function by electrically stimulating residual auditory neurons to facilitate hearing in severe-to-profoundly deaf individuals. The efficacy of this device, therefore, depends on a critical number of surviving neurons.

Stem cell transplantation therapy is emerging as a potential strategy for auditory nerve rehabilitation, as differentiated stem cells may provide a source of replacement auditory neurons to the deaf cochlea. The successful engraftment of stem cells into the cochlea requires both the directed growth of new processes and the formation of functional connections with existing structures, and Melbourne is investigating these questions using their published in vitro and in vivo experimental models.

The Melbourne Auditory Neuroscience Unit is particularly interested in whether transplanted stem cells are capable of making functional connections in the cochlea and the brainstem, thereby restoring a functional neural circuit. In addition, they are currently developing new magnetic resonance imaging methods in order to visualize the integrity of the relevant structures in the mammalian and human auditory brainstem.

Audiology at the University of Melbourne

The Master of Clinical Audiology at the Melbourne Audiology School focuses on developing professional skills through a large program component of comprehensive clinical training. Clinical skills are supplemented by coursework and lectures that introduce students to graduate-level research methods, while maintaining a strong level of scientific acumen expected of students in the health sciences at the University of Melbourne.

The program enables individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field to qualify as audiology professionals in two years and obtain a master’s degree. The Master of Clinical Audiology at the University of Melbourne is accredited by the Audiological Society of Australia, and graduates are eligible for full membership in the organization.

Program: Master of Clinical Audiology
Location: Parkville campus, Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was October 31, 2015.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Audiology School!

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Find out more about studying at Melbourne Audiology School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

UQ audiology research focuses on hearing loss in children

Research from the University of Queensland could help address one of the most common disorders in children: hearing loss in the middle ear.

Associate Professor Wayne Wilson said the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences had several exciting initiatives in the field of audiology.

UQ Audiology School

UQ research shows up to 20 per cent of students can have mild or worse problems from middle ear dysfunction (Photo credit: UQ)

“Recent research suggests that, on any given day in class, up to 20 per cent of students can have mild or worse problems from middle ear dysfunction,” Dr Wilson said.

“Picking up these problems from birth is not something that’s been done accurately in the past and we tend to only unearth those with substantial hearing problems that cannot be fixed.

“But currently UQ has Associate Professor Joseph Kei leading the way in this field by using new technology to more accurately identify middle ear dysfunction.

“It will take three to five years for this technology to transition from a research tool into wider clinical availability, but it is on its way.”

Dr Kei has pioneered wideband absorbance technology that efficiently and reliably identifies problems in infants.

Standard tools used to determine the middle ear status of children have been found to be insensitive to different types of middle ear disorders.

Infant testing until now has also been hit-and-miss at revealing where exactly trouble spots are located.

Dr Wilson and colleague Professor Andrew Bradley have also been working on increasing the efficiency of hearing tests in newborns.

“Our project has been an accelerated auditory brain scan that shortens the current process for babies from minutes down to seconds,” Dr Wilson said.

“That might not sound like much, but over the course of a year, that’s a significant improvement in efficiency. It then allows time for more comprehensive testing, rather than just a basic diagnosis.”

Audiology Clinic visits two or three Queensland schools each week under the direction of Clinic Manager Joshua Flett, screening dozens of children at a time.

Master of Audiology Studies at the University of Queensland

Program: Master of Audiology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2016

There are 10 places available in the program each year for international students, including students from Canada. Offers will be made to applicants with the highest academic rank.

To be eligible to apply, you must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree (preferably in the fields of health, education, social, physical or biological sciences); and
  • achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00 on a 7-point scale in your university studies (see below for further explanation).

Please note that the above criteria are minimum requirements. Entry is competitive and the selection process is based on grade point average (GPA).

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing UQ Audiology program.

Apply to the University of Queensland Audiology School!

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For more information about studying audiology at the University of Queensland, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Macquarie cares about hearing health

With a quarter of Australians set to face serious problems from hearing loss, it’s time for a new awareness campaign…

Today, on World Hearing Day, the Director of Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub has called on the Federal Government to support a public and GP awareness campaign to protect Australians from permanent and avoidable hearing loss.

Macquarie University Audiology School

Director of the Australian Hearing Hub Professor David McAlpine (Photo: Macquarie University)

Globally, 360 million people experience hearing loss and one in six Australians are currently affected by a hearing impairment, resulting in a wide range of adverse health, social, and financial impacts.

With this number set to increase to one in four by 2050, Professor David McAlpine, Director of Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub, says we should stop treating our hearing like a second-class sense.

“Hearing loss has a profound impact on the lives, employment, and finances of many Australians,” Professor McAlpine said.

“When you add in the costs to relationships, performance at work, and impacts to health, there is an urgent need for more Australians to know about the risks and have their hearing checked more often.

“Most Australians are unaware of the permanent damage even social noise can do to them, with studies showing a 25 decibel rise, indicating a mild hearing loss, can correlate to a seven year cognitive decline.

“We need a national hearing awareness campaign now to protect more Australians, similar to those that have helped many people quit smoking, avoid the sun, and practice safe sex.”

Professor McAlpine says a campaign should focus on three main pillars: raising awareness, prevention and regular check-ups, with support for GPs to assist patients. The approach parallels that of the World Health Organization, which recently highlighted the need for a renewed global resolution on the prevention of hearing loss, with the last resolution occurring over 20 years ago in 1995, focusing on awareness and action.

“Most Australians are completely unaware of the hearing damage they may be experiencing in everyday life, let alone the importance of getting their hearing checked regularly,” Professor McAlpine said.

“Exacerbating the issue is that most healthcare workers are not currently required to inquire about a patient’s hearing health, whereas eye testing is more actively encouraged.”

“Around 4 million Australians are affected by hearing impairment, with a reported $11 billion cost annually to the Australian economy, not to mention the fact that hearing-loss is known to exacerbate a person’s other existing health conditions,” Professor McAlpine explained.

As the World Health Organization campaigns to raise global awareness of hearing impairment and prevention of hearing loss in ‘children of the world’ during World Hearing Day this year, Professor McAlpine says it is also vital for Australians to remember that this is an issue affecting people of all ages, and that hearing and communication solutions can be tailored to individual need.

Professor McAlpine is the head of Macquarie Hearing Hub—whose members include Cochlear Limited, Australian Hearing, National Acoustics Laboratory, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) and its associated cochlear-implant service, Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre (SCIC), The Shepherd Centre, The HEARing CRC, and The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD).

Members of the Hub work together and with other hearing health organisations to promote better hearing health and access to hearing solutions for all Australians in need.

Study audiology at Macquarie University

The Master of Clinical Audiology program at Macquarie University Audiology School is dedicated to preparing students to become professional audiologists. The university’s audiology program provides supervised clinical placements to hone its students’ professional skills. As well, numerous modules of scientific coursework allow students to learn the scientific fundamentals of audiology and understand the processes that contribute to congenital or acquired hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions.

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Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Audiology Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh for the latest information regarding Macquarie University Audiology School. Email Krista at at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free 1-866-698-7355.