Is your child under 24 months? We're seeking babies to participate in research project to find more effective ways to test hearing.

Ideally, we need a mix of babies who have hearing impairment and babies with normal hearing.

We have developed a new, child-friendly hearing test called EarGenie™ that uses light waves to measure hearing.

EarGenie is a cap (pictured), which shines near-infrared light onto a baby’s head while they’re asleep to measure the brain’s response to sounds.

The information gathered from the test is combined with a behavioural assessment and used to establish if a baby can hear and distinguish between the sounds that teach them to speak.

The research team needs your help to improve the first prototype and test the software needed to prepare EarGenie for use in audiology clinics, so that children born deaf are diagnosed and treated as early as possible.

If you want your baby to take part in the research, contact our hearing researchers by email or phone and they will contact you to give you more about the test.

Email: [email protected] 
Phone: 03 9667 7569

When and where do the tests take place?

We can arrange a test in our East Melbourne research centre at a time that suits you. Free parking is available and you will be reimbursed for your travel expenses.

Further Information

To find out more about the test watch the video below or click here to download our research participant factsheet. 

For more information research on infant hearing click here.