The Hearing Research Unit is devoted to the study of hearing and hearing disorders in children who may have associated speech, language and learning difficulties.  

Key research activities

We focus on research projects in the areas of hearing dysfunction, such as disorders in the external ear, middle ear, cochlea, brainstem and upper auditory pathway up to the auditory cortex, and the management of hearing disorders. Some of our research projects include:

  • speech perception abilities in children
  • auditory evoked potentials in newborns, infants and children
  • newborn hearing screening: strategies and outcomes
  • hearing screening in developing countries
  • central auditory processing disorders in children with learning difficulties
  • assessing middle ear function in newborns, infants and children
  • hearing protection of children (from damage by noise and solvents)
  • cochlear dead region in hearing impaired children
  • evidence-based practice in audiology
  • rehabilitative audiology for children
  • hearing screening in children using wideband absorbance technology

Team members

The unit capitalises on the strengths of national and internationally renowned researchers across audiology, speech pathology, occupational therapy and otorhinolaryngology (ear, nose and throat specialists). 

Team leader

Associate Professor Joseph Kei

Deputy team leader

Dr Carlie Driscoll


Associate Professor Wayne Wilson
Dr Dunay Schmulian
Dr Wendy Arnott
Dr Nerina Scarinci
Dr Sreedevi Aithal
Dr Venkatesh Aithal
Mr Joshua Myers
Miss Alehandrea Manuel
Mr David da Silva
Miss Robyn Choi
Ms Annette Kaspar
Ms Alison Collins
Miss Cerys Downing

Research associates

Professor Lesley Chenoweth (School of Human Services, Griffith University)
Professor Louise Hickson (School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland)
Professor Bradley McPherson (Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong)
Associate Professor Chris Perry (Department of Otolaryngology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Queensland)
Professor Hiroshi Wada (Department of Bioengineering and Robotics, Tohoku University, Japan)
Associate Professor Lena Wong (Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong)
Associate Professor Rafidah Mazlan (Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
Associate Professor Michio Murakoshi (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kagoshima University, Japan)
Dr Fei Zhao (Centre for Hearing and Balance Studies, University of Bristol, UK)
Dr Alicja Malicka (School of Allied Health, La Trobe University)


Associate Professor Joseph Kei
P: (07) 3365 2824