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Robert Cowan

cochlear implants
hearing aids
prevention of hearing loss
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
speech perception
audiology & speech-language pathology
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Robert Cowan

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Cochlear Implants and Hearing Prosthetics
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Robert Cowan


A/Prof Bob Cowan is CEO of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University.
Bob’s research includes cochlear implant and hearing technology, audiology and biomedical research management.

He has authored over 120 publications and book chapters, and holds a number of Australian and international technology patents and trademarks.

Bob received his Postgraduate Diploma in Audiology, and Doctor of Philosophy (Audiology) from the University of Melbourne. In addition, he holds an MBA (Technology Management) from LaTrobe University, and Graduate Diplomas in Technology Management and Health Economics. Bob’s early training was in Kinesiology (Simon Fraser) and BSc (Hons) in Physiology in Canada.
Bob heads the HEARing CRC, which brings together the research, educational, clinical and commercial skills of internationally-recognised Australian hearing research groups and leading biomedical companies to develop communication devices to enhance communication benefits for the millions of hearing impaired adults and children in Australia and world-wide. Under his leadership, the HEARing CRC has received Excellence in Innovation Awards in 2002, 2003, 2012 and 2013, as well as a STAR Award in 2012. He was a finalist in the Eureka Prizes in both 2012 and 2013.
In 2012, Bob was elected President of the international Society of Audiology, and is the Congress President for the XXXII World Congress of Audiology in 2014. He has served on the ISA Executive Committee for several years, and was Congress President of the XXVI International Congress of Audiology in Melbourne in 2002. Bob is a Fellow and Past President of Audiology Australia, and the Chair of its National Conference Committee. He was selected as Australian Professional of the Year 2004 by Professions Australia, and his contributions to audiology have been recognized through Audiology Australia’s President’s Distinguished Service Award (2003) and the Denis Byrne Memorial Lecture (2006). In 2008, Bob delivered the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 128 most recent scholarly works by Robert Cowan.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Australian Professional of the Year 2004

Professions Australia


President's Distinguished Service Award

Audiological Society of Australia


FICRA-Fellow of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology


FAAA-Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology


FAUDSA - Fellow of the Audiology Society of Australia






Audiology And Speech Pathology


Graduate Member Australian Institute of Company Directors

Australian Institute of Company Directors

Master of Business Administration

La Trobe University

Graduate Diploma of Management

Deakin University

Graduate Certificate of Management

Deakin University

Certificate in Health Economics

Monash University

Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Diploma in Audiology

University of Melbourne

Honours Bachelor of Science

Queen's University at Kingston