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)
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
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.
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
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
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
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 FacilitiesClinical 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.
Nursing management of hearing impairment in nursing facility residentsJournal 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.
Consistency of Hearing Aid Setting Preference in Simulated Real-World Environments: Implications for Trainable Hearing AidsTrends 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.
Identifying barriers and facilitators to implementing family-centred care in adult audiology practices: a COM-B interview study exploring staff perspectivesInternational 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.
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.