A/PROF Karyn Galvin

A/PROF Karyn Galvin


  • Bilateral cochlear implants (pediatric)



  • Karyn Galvin has been conducting research in the field of hearing impairment since 1989. She has worked on projects involving children and adults using tactile devices, advanced hearing aids, and cochlear implants. Karyn gained clinical experience working as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Cochlear Implant Clinic from 1992 to1997.

    Since 2002 her research has focused on evaluating the additional benefit gained by children through the use of second (bilateral) cochlear implant. The initial work involved developing a protocol to assess the speech perception in noise and spatial hearing skills of infants through to young adults. Grants for this work were received from the Collier Fund, the William Angliss Foundation, and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Karyn subsequently received a 5-year National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant as a sole Chief Investigator to continue this research. In addition to the assessment of perceptual benefit, her work also included evaluations of listening effort, documentation of early postoperative progress and long-term outcomes, and the development of recommendations for clinical management. Additional funding for this work was provided by Action on Hearing Loss (U.K.) and the Deafness Foundation. More recently, Karyn has been co-Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant awarded to Dr Julia Sarant (Chief Investigator), Professor Richard Dowell, and Dr Peter Busby. The grant funded an investigation of the broader outcomes of bilateral implantation for children, including psychosocial, academic and language outcomes

    Given her interest in binaural hearing and the advantages of sound input to both ears, Karyn has recently initiated a pilot study investigating the potential benefits of cochlear implantation for children and young adults with unilateral profound hearing loss (often referred to as single-sided deafness). Recruitm   


Member of

  • Audiological Society of Australia. MAudSA(CCP) 1989 -


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2013: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $9 840
    2011: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $5 000
    2010: Deafness Foundation                            $9 250
    2009: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $8 500
    2009: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $1 000
    2009: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $5 000
    2009: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $8 700
    2008: Royal National Institute for the Deaf     $8 750
    2007: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $2 070
    2004: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $5 000
    2003: William Angliss Foundation                   $4 000
    2002: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital   $4 000
    2002: William Angliss Foundation                   $10 000
    2002: Collier Fund                                           $9 000




Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2000
  • DipAud, University of Melbourne 1989
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1988

Awards and honors

  • Ten of the Best Research Projects, National Health and Medical Research Council, 2013



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Primary areas of research interest:
    Binaural hearing; paediatric bilateral cochlear implantation; paediatric cochlear implantation for unilateral or asymmetrical hearing loss; classroom engagement and participation of children using cochlear implants; listening effort; cochlear implant programming (mapping)