Researcher biography

hearing impairment and rehabilitation in older adults

Louise Hickson is Professor of Audiology and Head of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland. She is also Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at that University. Professor Hickson has published over 180 research articles, books and book chapters with her main focus on the effects of hearing impairment on the lives of older people, how to measure outcomes in that population and the development of strategies and interventions that improve the uptake and outcomes of audiological rehabilitation. Her most recent book is "Evidence-Based Practice in Audiology: Evaluating Interventions for Children and Adults with Hearing Impairment" (Plural Publishing, 2012). Professor Hickson is an elected Fellow and past President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology and a Fellow and current President of the Audiological Society of Australia and in 2013 received the International award from the American Academy of Audiology. She is also Chair of the Ida Institute Advisory Board in Denmark and an Editor of the International Journal of Audiology. Professor Hickson provides advice to hearing rehabilitation service providers both in Australia and overseas, and is a member of the Federal Government's Hearing Services Consultancy Committee.