Our Approach

Initiators and content managers

Isabelle Boisvert; The HEARing CRC, Macquarie University

Agnes Au; The HEARing CRC, The University of Melbourne

Our Story

Who we are

hearing.tools is the outcome of a collaboration between researchers at Macquarie University and The University of Melbourne, as part of a HEARing Collaborative Research Centre project aligned with H:EAR | Hearing, Education, Application, Research at Macquarie University.


The main focus of this initiative is to provide hard of hearing adults and their families with practical, consistent, and verified information that can support discussions surrounding treatment options.


The information resources available on hearing.tools have been developed with extensive input from clinicians and hard of hearing adults. In particular, we gathered audiology clinical leaders from the largest cochlear implantation clinics across Australia to form an Expert Guidance Group for CI in adults. This group was instrumental in developing the CI-specific resources. Further insight was gathered through surveys, interviews, focus groups, and interactive workshops. Information available on this website is independent from, but compatible with, the different hearing device manufacturers.

With the support of

Richard Dowell; The HEARing CRC, The University of Melbourne, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Robert Cowan; The HEARing CRC

Catherine McMahon; H:EAR – Macquarie University, The HEARing CRC

Frances Rapport; Australian Institute for Health Innovation, Macquarie University

Jane Cockburn; Kairos Now

David Elliott; The HEARing CRC

Expert Guidance Group (CI in adults)

Anthea Arkcoll / Julie Decker, Neurosensory

Caroline Balke, Mater Hospital Brisbane

Ronel Chester-Browne, Ear Science Institute Australia

Jaime Leigh, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Karen Pedley, Attune Hearing

Colleen Psarros / Kylie Chisholm, SCIC Cochlear Implant Program, an RIDBC service

Nina Swiderski, South Australian Cochlear Implant Centre (SACIC)

Dayse Távora-Vieira, Fiona Stanley Hospital

Andre Wedekind, Medical Audiology Services

Student and volunteer contributors

Marjan Mashal; Macquarie University

Zoe McNeice; The University of Melbourne

Yingying Cui; Macquarie University

Tanya (Dai) Huang; Macquarie University

Anita Rui Ran Hee; Macquarie University

With thanks to our numerous workshop and research participants.

Fiona Stanley Hospital
Medical Audiology Services
The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital
Macquarie University
University Of Melbourne
Ear Science