MQ Health - Macquarie University

Understanding the brain to improve audiology diagnostics, devices and interventions

The brain adapts to the stimulation it receives, and when it comes to hearing, it adapts to the sounds, speech and music it is exposed to. Typically, the brain adapts more effectively for young children who are developing their language skills than for those adults who have lost their hearing over time, and therefore have used different types of amplification technologies to help them deal with their hearing loss. Therefore, in adults with hearing loss, it is difficult to estimate the quality of speech stimulation their brain has received and, consequently, how it has adapted to hearing loss. In addition, current standard audiology tests are limited in their ability to inform about real-life, everyday listening difficulties.

MQ Health strives to develop more real-life evaluations of listening and to gain a better understanding of how the brain adapts to hearing loss, and further adapts to interventions such as hearing aids, cochlear implants and training. In this way, MQ Health clinicians and researchers are able to deliver the best hearing solutions for those adults with hearing loss.