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Louise Hickson - International Federation on Ageing. Brisbane, , AU

Louise Hickson Louise Hickson

Professor of Audiology and Associate Dean External Engagement | International Federation on Ageing


She is recognized internationally as a leader in audiologic rehabilitation and in person and family-centred hearing care.





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The Audiologist – episode 1: No need for mixed feelings on Family-Centered Care Prof Louise Hickson




Louise Hickson is Professor of Audiology and Associate Dean External Engagement in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at The University of Queensland. She is recognized internationally as a leader in audiologic rehabilitation and in person and family-centred hearing care. Louise has over 260 publications including 5 books and 20 book chapters and is committed to the transfer of knowledge into practice. Her most recent book is “Patient and Family-Centered Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology” published by Thieme in 2019. The “Active Communication Education” (ACE) program that she developed for older adults with hearing impairment and their families has been used in many countries around the world (e.g Sweden, Germany, Korea, USA). Professor Hickson is the Chair of the Phonak Expert Circle on Family-Centered Hearing Care, Chair of the Ida Institute Advisory Board, Fellow and past President of Audiology Australia, and an Editor of the International Journal of Audiology. She has won numerous awards including the International Research Award from the American Academy of Audiology and The University of Queensland Leadership Award.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Behavioural Sciences


Clinical Research


Medical Devices

Public Speaking


Accomplishments (5)

UQ Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Research Translation Award


Fellow, Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences


Chancellor’s Award – UQ Leadership Award

2014 For outstanding and exemplary leadership and broader contribution to the faculty, university and profession.

UQ Partners in Research Excellence Award Commendation


Editors’ Award for Best Research Article, Ear and Hearing Journal


Education (3)

University of Queensland: Ph.D., Audiology 1995

University of Queensland: M, Audiology 1985

University of Queensland: B, Speech Therapy(Hons) 1980

Media Appearances (1)

Ida Institute Presents Online Course with Louise Hickson on Audiology Online

Ida Institute  online


In partnership with Audiology Online, the Ida Institute is happy to present a free, online course conducted by Ida Advisory Board Co-Chair Louise Hickson on Evidence-Based Approaches to Rehabilitation Options for Adults with Hearing Loss.

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Event Appearances (5)

Norwegian Audiological Society

2019  Oslo, Norway

Hearing Well Being Well Conference

2019  Frankfurt, Germany

Audiology Australia Conference

2019  Alice Springs, Australia

Sonova Think Tank: Future of Audiology

2019  San Diego, USA

American Academy of Audiology Conference

2018  Nashville, USA

Research Grants (5)

Adults with mild hearing impairment: Challenges and predictors of successful hearing aid fitting outcomes

Sonova $131,000

2020 - 2021

The effect of individualised, vibrotactile neurofeedback training on postural stability in older adults with hearing impairment: a randomised double-blind, placebo-controlled multicentre trial

Sonova $494,000

2019 - 2021

To Tell or Not to Tell? The Stigma Experiences of Adults with Hearing Impairment and Their Families

Hearing Industry Research Consortium $248,000

2019 - 2021

Roger & FM Systems: Barriers and facilitators of use by adults with hearing impairmen

Phonak $72,378

2018 - 2019

Establishing a Sonova-UQ Hearing and Balance Research Centre

University of Queensland MEI $93,500


Featured Articles (5)

“It’s Huge, in a Way.” Conflicting Stakeholder Priorities for Managing Hearing Impairment for People Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care Facilities

Clinical Gerontologist

2020 The aims of this study were to a) explore the impact of hearing impairment on people living with dementia in residential aged care facilities (RACFs) and b) investigate management of hearing impairment for this population.

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Nursing management of hearing impairment in nursing facility residents

Journal of Gerontological Nursing

2020 Hearing impairment (also known as hearing loss) is highly prevalent in residents of nursing facilities and its impacts are far-reaching. Hearing impairment has negative consequences for an individual's quality of life, psychosocial health, physical health, and mortality; these impacts are also exacerbated when hearing impairment cooccurs with other conditions, such as visual or cognitive impairment.

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Consistency of Hearing Aid Setting Preference in Simulated Real-World Environments: Implications for Trainable Hearing Aids

Trends in Hearing

2020 Trainable hearing aids let users fine-tune their hearing aid settings in their own listening environment: Based on consistent user-adjustments and information about the acoustic environment, the trainable aids will change environment-specific settings to the user’s preference. A requirement for effective fine-tuning is consistency of preference for similar settings in similar environments.

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Identifying barriers and facilitators to implementing family-centred care in adult audiology practices: a COM-B interview study exploring staff perspectives

International Journal of Audiology

2020 This study explored staff perspectives of the barriers and facilitators to improving the implementation of family-centred care (FCC) in audiology practice.

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Is cortical automatic threshold estimation a feasible alternative for hearing threshold estimation with adults with dementia living in aged care?

International Journal of Audiology

2020 This study explored the feasibility of cortical automatic threshold estimation (CATE), a fully automated late auditory evoked potential (AEP) test, as an alternative to pure-tone audiometry for hearing threshold estimation for adults with dementia living in aged care.

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