keynote speakers

Anu Sharma

Anu Sharma Ph.D. is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Science and Fellow in the Institute for Cognitive Science and the Centre for Neuroscience at University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research examines neuroplasticity in children and adults with hearing loss who receive treatment with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. She has given over 200 invited presentations and keynotes spanning six continents. She has given the Carhart Memorial Lecture at the American Auditory Society, the Marion Downs Lecture at the American Academy of Audiology and the Ted Evans Lecture at the British Society of Audiology

Professor Grant Searchfield

Grant completed his Masters in Audiology in 1994 and Doctorate at the University of Auckland in 2004. He is a Professor in the Audiology Section and is Head of the University of Auckland's Audiology section. Grant is deputy director of the Eisdell Moore Centre for hearing and balance research. He is specialty editor for tinnitus in Frontiers in Audiology and associate editor for: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, Scientific Reports and Frontiers Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience. His research focus is cognitive processes involved in tinnitus perception and innovative technology for management of hearing loss and tinnitus. He is the scientific officer for TrueSilence Inc and TinnitusTunes. Grant is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Tinnitus Association.

Andrew Bellavia

Andrew Bellavia is the founder of AuraFuturity, a go-to-market and branding consultancy in the hearing, hearables, and broader communications spaces. He is also on the advisory board of Tuned, a groundbreaking resource for delivering holistic hearing care. Previously at Knowles in the Hearing Health Tech division, Andrew was involved in the creation of many innovative hearable devices. He has been deeply embedded at the intersection of hearables and hearing health, frequently speaking and writing on developments in these markets. He has appeared in multiple publications and is a co-host of Hearing Health & Technology Matters' This Week in Hearing podcast. 

invited speakers

Associate Professor Mel Ferguson 

Associate Professor in Brain and Hearing at Curtin University

Sophie Li 

Co Founder, CEO, Entrepeneur, Deaf Mentor & International Speaker 

Professor  Nerina Scarinci 

Centre for Hearing Research in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland

Caitlin Barr

CEO of Soundfair audiologist/research/educator.

Claudette Tyson known as Sissy

Sissy is a proud Kuku Yalanji woman from far North Queensland. She is an emerging leader in ear health and is currently undertaking a Diploma in Audiometry. Claudette is also the coordinator and chair of the Inala  Community Jury for Health Research

Sam Harkus

Sam is a non-Indigenous audiologist, living on Gadigal land in Sydney, NSW.  Sam is now part of a team at the National Acoustic Laboratories, working on projects that largely aim to enable earlier identification and support for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with persistent otitis media. Sam still provides clinical services on Arrernte country in central Australia.

Nicky Chong-White

Principal Engineer at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), is an accomplished researcher and innovator in hearing technology. 

Dr Jessica Vitkovic

Dr Jessica Vitkovic owns Dizzyology; a clinical, education and consultancy service in all things vestibular where she leverages her expertise to help support dizzy people and health professionals. She has over 21 years experience as a vestibular audiologist and is an internationally recognized vestibular educator. 

Dr Jaime Leigh  

Dr Jaime Leigh, PhD, has 22 years’ experience as a clinical and research audiologist in the cochlear implant field. Jaime’s role as a senior clinician at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Cochlear implant Clinic involves supporting adults, children and their families through the pre and post-operative phases of the cochlear implantation process.

Professor Julia Sarant

Professor Julia Sarant is an audiologist and academic in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne

Chris Carlile

Chris is Assistant Secretary at Australian Department of Health