Dr Hamish Innes-Brown

Research Fellow, Bionics Institute Bachelor of Cognitive Science (Honours), 1999. PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, 2012

Dr Hamish Innes-Brown

Hamish is an NHMRC Early-Career Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute. He has a life-long interest in sensory aspects of sound, vision, and communication. At the Bionics Institute he is using brainwave recordings and perceptual tests to understand and improve the way that sounds are interpreted by people with hearing loss. Perceiving sounds properly is crucial for communication and function in complex social, education, and work environments.

Hamish has a double bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science (hons) from the University of Western Australia, and a PhD in neuroscience from Swinburne University. From March 2015 to March 2016 he is undertaking a research Fellowship at KU Leuven in Belgium. His research interests include:

1. The development of EEG-based objective measures of hearing. These can be used to detect and diagnose hearing problems in infants, improve the fitting of cochlear implants and hearing aids, and also have uses in e-heath for remote fitting of hearing devices.

2. Understanding the variability in outcomes between people who gain a great deal of benefit from their hearing devices, and the many people who gain little to no benefit.

3. Improving the enjoyment that cochlear implant recipients get from listening to music through their hearing device.

4. Understanding how visual information might help people with hearing loss better perceive speech or enjoy music.

Hamish is always interested in hearing from potential PhD students who are interested in working in the area of translational hearing research (especially if you have an interest in EEG, psychophysics, and speech or music perception!). Please get in touch any time if you want to discuss potential supervision.

Research projects


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Selected Publications

  1. Presacco, A., H. Innes-Brown, M. J. Goupell, and S. Anderson. 2017. Effects of Stimulus Duration on Event-Related Potentials Recorded From Cochlear-Implant Users. Ear and Hearing. 38(6): e389-e93.
  2. Innes-Brown, H., R. Tsongas, J. Marozeau, and C. McKay. 2016. Towards Objective Measures of Functional Hearing Abilities. Advances in experimental medicine and biology. 894: 315-25. Full Text
  3. Visram, Anisa S., Hamish Innes-Brown, Wael El-Deredy, and Colette M. McKay. 2015. Cortical auditory evoked potentials as an objective measure of behavioral thresholds in cochlear implant users. Hearing Research. 327: 35-42.
  4. Vannson, N., H. Innes-Brown, and J. Marozeau. 2015. Dichotic Listening Can Improve Perceived Clarity of Music in Cochlear Implant Users. Trends in Hearing. 19: pii: 2331216515598971. doi: 10.1177/71. Full Text
  5. Schubert, E., J. Marozeau, C. J. Stevens, and H. Innes-Brown. 2014. ‘Like pots and pans falling down the stairs’. Experience of music composed for listeners with cochlear implants in a live concert setting. Journal of New Music Research. 43(2): 237-49.
  6. Marozeau, J., N. Simon, and H. Innes-Brown. 2014. Cochlear implants can talk but cannot sing in tune. Acoustics Australia. 42(2): 131-35. Full Text
  7. Lazard, D. S., H. Innes-Brown, and P. Barone. 2014. Adaptation of the communicative brain to post-lingual deafness. Evidence from functional imaging. Hearing Research. 307: 136-43.
  8. Francart, T., H. Innes-Brown, H. J. McDermott, and C. M. McKay. 2014. Loudness of time-varying stimuli with electric stimulation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 135(6): 3513-9.
  9. Batty, R. A., A. J. Francis, H. Innes-Brown, N. R. Joshua, and S. L. Rossell. 2014. Neurophysiological correlates of configural face processing in schizotypy. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 5: 101. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00101. Full Text
  10. Marozeau, J.M., H. Innes-Brown, and P.J. Blamey. 2013. The effect of timbre and loudness on melody segregation. Music Perception. 30(3): 259-74. Full Text


See  publications by Hamish Innes-Brown in Pubmed, Research Gate, and Google Scholar.

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