Public Lecture - Hearing loss, tinnitus and brain health Event as iCalendar

12 September 2017


Venue: AMRF Auditorium – Ground Floor, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Location: University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Host: Auckland Medical Research Foundation

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Hearing loss, tinnitus and brain health with Prof Peter Thorne

Join us for this free public evening where Professor Peter Thorne will describe the current medical research that aims to diagnose, treat or prevent hearing loss and tinnitus.

Hearing loss, tinnitus and  brain health:

Hearing and balance together provide us with a sense of self within our world, allowing us to connect with and navigate through our environment and to interact and socially connect with people. Disruption of these sensory systems affects our ability to perform these critical functions, which can have profound effects on physical and mental wellness.

Hearing loss and tinnitus affects between 10 and 18 percent of the population. Similarly disorders of balance are more common than we often imagine, affecting four out of 10 people in some way. Maintaining good brain health as we age continues to be important as hearing and balance deficits are increasingly being shown to be risk factors for developing dementia.

Professor Thorne will describe new approaches to diagnose, treat or prevent these conditions, to understand more about how these conditions affect brain health as we age. He'll discuss their impact on people, families and whanau, and potential to develop policy for better service delivery, early detection and interventions.


About the speaker:  Prof Peter Thorne CNZM, BSc, DipSc, PhD

Prof Peter Thorne has a joint appointment in the Section of Audiology and Department of Physiology at the University of Auckland.  He is the Director of the Eisdell Moore Centre, a Centre which is focussed on research into hearing and balance disorders and is on the Directorate of Brain Research New Zealand, a national Centre of Research Excellence.  He completed his PhD at the University of Auckland and post-doctoral studies at the University of Auckland and at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, University of Michigan.  His research is in the area of sensory neurobiology particularly inner ear homeostasis and the influence of noise exposure and aging on hearing.  He is the Chairman of the National Foundation for the Deaf and is on the Board of the Hearing Research Foundation. In 2009, he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to audiology and auditory neuroscience.


When: 7 PM, Tuesday, 12 September 2017


Where: AMRF Auditorium – Ground Floor, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences, University of Auckland, 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland


Register: By phone 09 923 1701 or email, or visit or at register here.