Transforming hearing health
Hearing event


Transforming hearing health

August 1, 2022

Never have we been so aware of the importance of our hearing and the long-term impact on our overall health. Macquarie donors and alumni recently visited the Australian Hearing Hub in Macquarie University to better understand the multi-disciplinary research and developments in hearing, along with how we can take steps to improve the quality of life of our community.

On 7 July alumni were welcomed back to campus to learn about research and innovations in hearing health. A hundred and fifty people attended in person, and another 300 joined online via Zoom. The day included morning tea and lunch, and a forum in the Australian Hearing Hub, with talks from Macquarie University Hearing researchers and students, and Vice-President, Strategy, Planning and Performance, Jonathan Wylie.

The alumni took part in hearing screening conducted by the students and a campus tour with the student ambassadors. The event was a wonderful opportunity to bring together our alumni, students and researchers, offering great opportunities to engage, share research and showcase campus improvements.

View photos from the day.

Hearing event

From left: Distinguished Professor David McAlpine, Academic Director Macquarie University Hearing; Lisa Maggs, Master of Clinical Audiology student, postdoctoral research fellows Dr Kelly Miles, Dr Alan Kan and Dr Kiri Mealings, and VP, Strategy, Planning and Performance, Jonathan Wylie.



Hearing loss is progressive and cumulative and can be irreversible. Yet, it can be effectively managed, treated and, in many cases, prevented. Most Australians will experience hearing loss over their life course. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience middle-ear disease at a rate the World Health Organization has called a ‘massive public health problem’.

Hearing loss is a common sensory deficit and the second biggest factor contributing to the global burden of disease. According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people worldwide live with disabling hearing loss. With an ageing population and without intervention, it is estimated to be more than 900 million people by 2050.

At Macquarie University, we combine academic strength and clinical expertise with a visionary approach. We value our deep connections with our partners across the hearing domain locally and globally, encompassing community groups, businesses and government bodies.

Macquarie is a global hub of hearing-related research, education and engagement. Macquarie makes a difference to its community, to Australia and to the world in hearing health policy and practice, and in hearing-related endeavours.

Find out more about Macquarie University Hearing.


Comments (3)

  1. Stephanie Whybrow

    I am intrigued and deligted that this is happening. As a member of Macquarie Alumni and person with life long hearing deficiency, there has never been enough social awareness or discussion on the subject.
    I would love to be involved in the future in some way.
    Best wishes,

    1. Yue Zhang Post author

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thank you so much for your comment! It was a great event to raise hearing health awareness and showcase the recent research update from Macquarie University to our alumni. We would definitely invite you for our future events relevant to hearing health. We also have a recording for the event on the day that can be found here:

      Thank you!

      Kind Regards,
      Alumni relations coordinator


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