Ear Science Institute

Ear Science Institute

Established in 2001, Ear Science Institute Australia is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving ear and hearing outcomes through education and translational, solutions-based research (patient-to-laboratory-to-patient). Ear Science Institute are an active and committed education and training organisation, with robust and dynamic links between researchers and clinicians. Their approach is multidisciplinary in nature, employing skills from diverse fields such as otolaryngology, audiology, engineering, computer science and molecular and cellular sciences.

Ear Science Institute Australia’s research has two main areas of activity; basic research and clinical research. Ear Science’s basic research investigates the biology of the hearing system at a molecular and cellular level and the development of new treatments. Clinical research at Ear Science investigates clinical outcomes, epidemiology, improving the delivery of ear and hearing health services and translating research findings into clinical practice.

Their research is facilitated by close working relationships between clinicians, patients, researchers and collaborations with other leaders in hearing health research around the globe. Ear Science Research is also closely associated with the Ear Science Centre, School of Surgery, The University of Western Australia.

Principal research areas

Basic research

  • Cell Biology of Human Tympanic Membrane (TM) Repair
  • Engineering a Human Tympanic Membrane
  • Inner Ear

Clinical research current projects

  • Development of tools to assess hearing aid and hearing implant handling skills to improve use and outcomes
  • Hearing loss and impact on cognitive function
  • The mental wellbeing of children with hearing loss
  • Tele-fitting of hearing aids
  • Hearing aid management – problems and skills
  • Outcomes after hearing implantation

Director
Winthrop Professor Marcus Atlas

Chair
Mr John Schaffer