Centre for Hearing Research (CHEAR)

CHEAR is a UQ research centre based in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, with researchers across disciplines including audiology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, biostatistics and health economics with an interest in prevention, identification and management of hearing loss across the lifespan.

Group photo of all the members of the CHEAR research centre

CHEAR is collaborating centre for the World Hearing Organisation’s World Hearing Forum, a global network to promote ear and hearing care worldwide.

CHEAR works to develop effective, equitable and sustainable solutions so that everyone can achieve their goals in life without being limited by hearing loss. 

Our vision

We work closely with people with hearing loss, parents, family members and key stakeholders including clinicians, support groups, government, and industry to improve prevention, identification, and management of hearing loss in Australia and around the world. 

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Better Hearing Australia

Better Hearing Australia Brisbane is an independent consumer-led not-for-profit organisation promoting best practice in hearing loss management through advocacy, support, education and training. Better Hearing Australia Brisbane is affiliated with Better Hearing Australia, the national body, which links eight independent branches of the association throughout Australia, delivering a range of support services to people with hearing loss and ear disorders. Better Hearing Australia Brisbane works promote the hearing health and wellbeing of all Australians impacted by hearing loss and disorders of the ear.

Aussie Deaf Kids

Aussie Deaf Kids is a registered charity which aims to empower parents raising a child with hearing loss through online support, information and advocacy. Aussie Deaf Kids is committed to improving the outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing by:

  • Providing parent-to-parent support through online parent support groups. The support needs to be empathic, informative and supportive of the choices families make.
  • Providing an independent information resource for families raising a child who is deaf or hard of hearing in Australia through our website www.aussiedeafkids.org.au. The guiding principle is an intuitive website that provides comprehensive, yet parent-friendly, information from birth to the post-school period. The information should be relevant, meaningful and evidence-based to assist parents to make informed choices about raising their child with hearing loss.
  • Advocating for the rights of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families to receive the services and support they need to achieve their potential.
  • Collaborating with parents, consumer organisations, service providers and academics to improve services and support for families.

Aussie Deaf Kids is committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Guiding our practice is respect for the inherent rights of children and young people to be safe, happy and empowered, as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Sonova is a global leader in innovative hearing care solutions: from personal audio devices and wireless communication systems to audiological care services, hearing aids and cochlear implants. The Group was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Stäfa, Switzerland.

Sonova operates through four businesses – Hearing Instruments, Audiological Care, Consumer Hearing and Cochlear Implants – and the core brands Phonak, Unitron, AudioNova, Sennheiser and Advanced Bionics as well as regional brands. The Group’s globally diversified sales and distribution channels serve consumers in more than 100 countries. Over 16,500 employees are working on achieving Sonova's vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing.

Give to CHEAR

By supporting the UQ Centre for Hearing Research (CHEAR) you will help to advance the field of hearing research and optimise the lives of people living with hearing loss. 

Every gift makes a difference. 

Contact: Paul Purcell, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Email: habs.advancement@uq.edu.au 
Phone: +61 7 3443 1131



Contact Centre for Hearing Research (CHEAR)

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072

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