National Acoustic Laboratories researchers take part in World Congress of Audiology

October 2018

SYDNEY — A team of researchers from National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL), Hearing Australia's research division, will attend the 34th World Congress of Audiology to discuss advancements in hearing science and technology and present the latest findings from their pioneering study of self-fitting hearing aids.1   

The four-day conference is held every two years by the International Society of Audiology to convene thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs from across the hearing healthcare industry to exchange insights, present new trends and discuss challenges in the field of audiology.2 This year, the WCA will be held in Cape Town 28 to 31 October 2018.

“The WCA is the premier conference for audiology research,” said NAL Director Brent Edwards. “People worldwide come to this conference to learn what advances are being made in the audiology field around the world. Not only will NAL be presenting our research here, but what we learn at the meeting will tell us whether our strategic objectives are on track as the top areas that we should be focusing on and whether there are any new ideas that we need to include in our work. This meeting also provides a great opportunity to meet with key people that NAL could potentially partner with.”

Elizabeth Convery, senior research audiologist in NAL’s audiology department and a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland, will present as part of a panel titled “eHealth in Audiology: Perspectives, Opportunities and Challenges.” Ms Convery’s talk, titled “Self-fitting hearing aids: Insights from (almost) a decade of evidence,” will draw on her years of research at NAL with senior research scientist Dr Gitte Keidser and focus on the success factors identified in their investigation that led to the most effective self-fitting practices.

“A hearing aid that can be self-fit at home could potentially be a flexible and accessible option for people who face geographic or financial barriers to receiving hearing health care,” said Ms Convery. “At NAL, we started investigating the concept of self-fitting hearing aids – before they existed in reality – as a hearing rehabilitation option that may be able to address these issues.”

The latest findings from Ms Convery’s research was recently published in the October issue of Ear and Hearing: The official Journal of the American Auditory Society.


  1. Elizabeth Convery, Gitte Keidser, Louise Hickson, Carly Meyer. “Factors Associated With Successful Setup of a Self-Fitting Hearing Aid and the Need for Personalized Support,” Ear and Hearing: The Official Journal of the American Auditory Society, October 3, 2018,

  2. World Congress of Audiology,, accessed 29 October 2018