A/PROF Karyn Galvin

A/PROF Karyn Galvin


  • Clinical decision making
  • Cochlear implants (pediatric, adults, bilateral, binaural hearing, programming, mapping, clinical management, assessing benefit)
  • Digital health (mhealth, ehealth, self-management)
  • Hearing aids (assessing benefit)



  • 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 to 1997. Karyn’s research has focussed on the clinical management of children and adults with hearing impairment who may benefit from the use of hearing aids or cochlear implants, or who already use such devices. Her work has included the prediction of potential device benefit to inform pre-fitting counselling practices, the evaluation of post-fitting device benefit, and how to help children and adults to adapt to and gain maximum benefit from their hearing device. Karyn also has an interest in cochlear implant fitting practices, i.e. the programming of electrical stimulation levels. Specific topics of her research have included the benefits of bilateral implantation for children, developing clinical management practices for children receiving bilateral implants, the benefit of using a contralateral hearing aid with a cochlear implant (with PhD students Chelsea Jose and Mansze Mok), long-term changes in electrical stimulation requirements for adults using cochlear implants (with PhD student Emalka Gajadeera), comparisons of electrical stimulation levels across ears for children using bilateral implants (with MPhil student Roya Abdi), the potential for benefit from an implant for children with Single-Sided Deafness or very asymmetrical hearing loss, and how to make cochlear implant fitting simpler and more efficient. These areas of research have been funded by the Collier Fund, the William Angliss Foundation, the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Cochlear Limited, the National Health and Medical Research Council, Action on Hearing Loss (U.K.), the Deafness Foundation, the Australian Research Counc   


Member of

  • International Society of Audiology. Member 2017 -
  • Audiology 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 (10 of the Best), 2013



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Primary areas of research interest: binaural hearing; bilateral cochlear implantation; cochlear implantation for unilateral or asymmetrical hearing loss; cochlear implant programming (mapping); listening effort; real-life evaluation of device benefit;classroom engagement and participation of children with hearing impairment; e-health/m-health (development of mobile-device apps); clinical decision making