Faculty identity named as inaugural Hearing Hero

02 March 2012

The National Foundation for the Deaf has named Professor Peter Thorne as recipient of their inaugural Hearing Hero Award this week.


The award has been instigated by the Foundation to salute individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the deaf and hearing impaired sector, and in the words of the organisation’s CEO Louise Carroll, “(we) cannot think of a more deserving recipient for this award".

Peter has published widely in the area of inner ear homeostasis and the effects of noise on hearing, which includes studies on the mechanisms of noise injury in animals and the epidemiology and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss in humans. He was the prime mover in the establishment of the Section of Audiology at the University in 1990 and the development of Audiology professional training through the establishment of the Master of Audiology degree.


In addition to the senior positions he has held in both the School of Medical Sciences and the School of Population Health, Peter has contributed substantially to the hearing impaired community, serving as the President of the National Foundation for the Deaf and was one of lead advocates for the establishment of Newborn Hearing Screening and chaired the Newborn Hearing Screening Implementation Advisory Group for the National Screening Unit.

He serves on the Board of the Auckland Medical Research Foundation and three years ago was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to audiology.