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Karyn Galvin

Principal Research Fellow
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binaural hearing
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Karyn Galvin

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Primary Interest
Hearing aids
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Karyn Galvin


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 Council, the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund, and the Melbourne School of Health Sciences. Karyn is particularly interested in the real-life experiences of children and adults with hearing impairment, and how to evaluate listening performance in real-life. This has resulted in work to produce paediatric versions (for parents and for older adults) of the Speech, Spatial and Qualities of Hearing Scale developed by Gatehouse and Noble, to develop an objective measure of listening effort, and to examine the engagement of children with hearing impairment in mainstream classrooms (with PhD student Michelle Todorov). More recently this interest has resulted in a new area of research focussed on the development of mobile-device apps of value to children and adults with hearing impairment.

In the broader allied health field, Karyn has also been involved in research examining cognitive biases and clinical decision-making.

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); e-health (development of mobile-device apps); clinical decision making


Displaying the 12 most recent projects by Karyn Galvin.



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Research Grant


Internal Research Grant


Research Contracts

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 60 most recent scholarly works by Karyn Galvin.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Melbourne School of Health Sciences Research Outcomes Award


Ten of the Best Research Projects

National Health and Medical Research Council (10 of the Best)





Principal Research Fellow

Audiology And Speech Pathology


International Society of Audiology


Audiology Australia


Doctor of Philosophy - Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

University of Melbourne

Graduate Diploma in Audiology

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

University of Melbourne