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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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Monday, February 29th, 2016

Macquarie Hearing Hub seeks community volunteers

As the outdoor music festival season begins, researchers from the Macquarie Hearing Hub are continuing to recruit volunteers who have lived, worked, and enjoyed noisy environments for their study looking at how everyday noise exposure affects people’s hearing.

Macquarie Audiology School

Study audiology at Macquarie University

The study is looking into why it is that a proportion of people who report difficulty with everyday listening, particularly understanding speech in background noise, are found to have clinically normal hearing when tested. There is evidence to suggest that this type of hearing loss could be due to loud noises damaging the small hair cells that carry sound signals from the ear’s cochlear to the brain. In light of this, researchers will test volunteers for this particular type of hearing loss, in the hope of understanding more about how the condition occurs.

“We are looking for people with a history of noise exposure from work and/or leisure. For example, fire fighters, factory workers, bar staff, pilots, transport workers, landscapers, and builders are all examples of people who may have experienced noise exposure on the job. Also, people with substantial leisure noise exposure could include clubbers, motorbike riders, or motorsports enthusiasts,” explained Dr Elizabeth Beach, from the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) located in the Macquarie Hearing Hub.

Participants need to be between 30 and 55 years of age, and will be asked about their lifetime noise exposure history in an online survey that will take about 20 minutes. They will then be asked to attend a 3.5 hour lab appointment at the Macquarie University Hearing Hub (North Ryde campus), where the researchers will run a series of listening tasks to determine whether there is a correlation between a participant’s noise exposure and their auditory functioning. Participants can be provided with a written report about their hearing (including the results of their audiogram), and will also receive $40 for their involvement.

“If this study does find that these small hair cells are damaged by exposure to loud noise, it will have important implications for noise policy at public events, entertainment venues and the workplace,” concluded Dr Beach.

The study will continue until June 2016.

Macquarie Hearing Hub

The Australian 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.