School of Population Health


Oticon Foundation Hearing Education Centre

Through the generous support of the Oticon Foundation of New Zealand, the Oticon Foundation Hearing and Education Centre was established within the Section of Audiology at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki Campus.

The Oticon Foundation Hearing and Education Centre:

  • supports postgraduate education in audiology
  • provides continuing audiology education
  • facilitates the transfer of research knowledge into clinical audiology
  • promotes community education in hearing and hearing loss
  • promotes graduate research in audiology
  • provides equipment and facilities for training and professional development.

Upcoming events


Hearing research seminars


  • 12th March 2015: Diagnosis and Treatment of Amblyaudia, a Type of Auditory Processing Disorder - Dr Deborah Moncrieff, The University of Pittsburgh
  • 2nd February 2015: Auditory Clinical Applications of Brain Plasticity-Based Therapeutics - Professor Michael Merzenich, Department of Otolaryngology, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • 8th May 2014: Seeking Scientific Truth in Audiological Literature - Dr Ross Roeser, The University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Centre for Communication Disorders.
  • 9th April 2014: The Sociology of Age-Related Hearing Loss - Dr Donald Schum, Oticon Inc.
  • 15th August 2013: New Horizon in Cochlear Implants - Professor Fan-Gang Zeng, The University of California Irvine.
  • 8th August 2013: How and Why the Brain Generates Subjective Tinnitus (with and without hearing loss) - Professor Dirk De Ridder, The University of Otago.
  • 19th June 2013: Neuroimaging and Neuromodulation: Complementary Approaches for Identifying the Neural Correlates of Tinnitus - Professor Sven Vanneste,  Department of Translational Neuroscience, The University of Antwerp.
  • 15th May 2013: The Evolution and Experience of the UK New Born Hearing Screening Programme - Gwen Carr, Deputy Director of the NHS New Born Screening and the NHS New Born Infant and Physical Examination Programmes in the UK and Honorary Senior Research Associate at The University College London Ear Institute.
  • 19th September 2012: Brief presentations by current PhD students at The University of Auckland - Areej Asad, Giriraj Singh Shekhawat, Daniel Stevenson and Ravi Reddy, the University of Auckland.
  • 7th August 2012: Middle Ear Surgery and Inner Ear Injury - Exploring the Associations - Dr Michael Bergin, the University of Auckland.
  • 24th April 2012: Meniere's Disease - Medical and Surgical Management - Michel Neeff, FRACS, Paediatric and Adult Neurotologist / Skull Base Surgeon.
  • 14th September 2011: What The Dunedin Study Has Told Us About Hearing - Dr David Welch, Audiology, the University of Auckland.
  • 20th July 2011: Brief presentations by current Hearing Science PhD students in Audiology and Physiology at the University of Auckland - Nishani Dayaratne, MiaoMiao Mao, Kim Wise and Gavin Coad, The University of Auckland.
  • 11th May 2011: Swedish Children and Adolescents with cochlear implants in conversation with hearing peers - Professor Birgitta Sahlen, Department of Logopedics, Phoniatrics and Audiology at Lund University Hospital.
  • 29th September 2010: A downunder view of bottom-up top-down tinnitus processing - Grant Searchfield, Audiology, the University of Auckland
  • 21st July 2010: Advances in Imanging the Inner Ear - Professor Peter Thorne, Audiology, the University of Auckland
  • 26th May 2010: The Changing Face of the Hearing Sector - Louise Carroll, CEO, National Foundation for the Deaf
  • 28th April 2010: New Insights into the Development of the Cochlea and its Innervation - Johanna Montgomery, Department of Physiology, the University of Auckland
  • 30th September 2009: Raising the Bar: Age level expectations for all children with hearing loss - Christine Yoshinago Itano
  • 29th July 2009: Diagnosis of the Cause of Hearing loss in Babies and Young Children - Colin Brown, Consultant ORL, Ear Surgical Specialist
  • 27th May 2009: Antioxidants and Hearing Loss - Srdjan Vlajkovic, Department of Physiology, the University of Auckland
  • 25th March 2009: Noise in the Community - James Whitlock, Marshall Day Acoustics
  • 20th August 2008: Balance before Reason in Bipeds - Professor Paul Smith, University of Otago
  • 2nd July 2008: A Birds Eye View of Auditory Processing - Fabiana Kubke, Department of Anatomy and Radiology , the University of Auckland
  • 16th April 2008: Assets and Challenges of Virtual Reality for Health Care - Dr Isabelle Viaud-Delmon, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, La Salpetriere Hospital & Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique Paris, France
  • 9th April 2008: Talking about Talking: Understanding the Discourse between Health Professionals and their Clients; how can it be used to improve communication? - Dr Linda Hand, Senior Lecturer, Speech Sciences Programme, Department of Psychology, The University of Auckland
  • 10th October 2007: A Tinnitus Radical or Radical Research in Tinnitus? - Professor William (Billy) Martin , Professor of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, USA
  • 15th August 2007: Hearing versus Perceiving: What is auditory processing and can we make it better? - Assoc Prof Suzanne Purdy, Discipline of Speech Science, Department of Psychology, The University of Auckland
  • 6th June 2007: Functional Imaging of the Human Brain: EEG and fMRI in the Auditory System - Associate Professor Ian Kirk, Department of Psychology, the University of Auckland
  • 3rd April 2007: Tinnitus: Research Models and Mechanisms - Ronald J Goodey, Otolaryngology Consultant, Dilworth Clinic and Clinical Reader, Department of Surgery, the University of Auckland