Australian cochlear implant research is showcased in a special supplement in the latest edition of the International Journal of Audiology (IJA). This special supplement summarizes two decades of research conducted by the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), The University of Melbourne, and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Australia.

Richard Dowell, PhD

Richard Dowell, PhD

Edited by expert researchers Richard Dowell, PhD, Karyn Galvin, PhD, and Robert Cowan, PhD, the supplement features a collection of peer-reviewed clinical papers specifically written to provide an evidence base to help clinicians make informed decisions about their clients’ suitability for cochlear implantation.

HEARing CRC CEO Professor Cowan said the aim of this special issue was to share insights gained from systematic, longterm clinical studies of a large cochlear implant population.

Robert Cowan, PhD

Robert Cowan, PhD

“In particular, we wanted to provide audiologists and clinicians with new insights into the barriers and facilitators to successful cochlear implantation in light of how much candidacy has expanded in recent years,” Cowan said. “This supplement  presents the latest evidence-based, decision-making approaches in recommending cochlear implants to specific adult and pediatric users, as well as focusing on how hearing health professionals can optimize the long-term hearing outcomes for implant users in specific client populations. The IJA Supplement should really be viewed as a valuable resource for clinicians wanting to gain a better understanding of a technology that has a widening application in hearing loss remediation.”

Karyn Galvin, PhD

Karyn Galvin, PhD

According to HEARing CRC, through Cochlear Limited’s commitment to ongoing research and development, cochlear implant technology has steadily evolved, leading to an exponential increase in the number of infants, children, adults and the elderly who can benefit from it. Clinicians have been faced with an expanded range of cochlear implant technology as well as far broader criteria for candidacy.

International Journal of AudiologyInterested researchers and clinicians can download a copy of the International Journal of Audiology’s Supplement 2, 2016, Cochlear Implantation: Optimizing Outcomes Through Evidence-based Clinical Decisions on the IJA online, or contact The HEARing CRC directly.

The HEARing CRC is an interdisciplinary collaboration of research, clinical, industry and educational organizations on the twin challenges of more effective prevention and improved remediation of hearing loss. Building on more than two decades of internationally competitive research and innovation, the work of the HEARing CRC is driven by the end-user, for the end-user.

Source: HEARing CRC; International Journal of Audiology