We know that early access to hearing is crucial for the development of the brain networks that are involved in language perception and production. The Bionics Institute is working on a solution through the development of a new clinical system, EarGenie™, for personalised management of hearing impairment that aims to optimise language development.

EarGenie™ which uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to image brain activity can provide an accurate and detailed hearing assessment so that appropriate hearing devices can be infant wearing an fnrs capconfidently selected and fitted.  

This research will ensure a future in which all hearing impaired infants will maximise their opportunity for normal language and brain development.

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Research team

Program leader: Prof Colette McKay

Team members: Dr Mikhail Korneev, Dr Michael Eager, Dr Julia Wunderlich, Dr Darren Mao, Dr Boris Savkovic, Ms Emily Jeffreys, Ms Namita Bhojani

PhD researcherMr Steven LeeMr Ishara Paranawithana

Call for research participants

If you are the parent of a child under 12 months of age who has passed their newborn screening test, please consider your child becoming a research participant to help us with this vital study. 

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