About NAL

The National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) is the research division of Australian Hearing, a Statutory Authority under the Commonwealth Department of Human Services. Since 1947, NAL’s research into hearing has opened new ways in which people with hearing loss can be helped.

NAL receives funding from the Commonwealth government through an appropriation from the Commonwealth Department of Health. Other sources of funding are through grants from the Co-operative Research Centres (CRC) program, National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), NSW Medical Devices Fund (MDF) and others.  Additional funding comes from commercialisation of some inventions and performing contract research in collaboration with industry.

NAL has around 40 researchers who, with the help of volunteer participants from the general public, carry out research within our five departments: Hearing Science, Audiology, Behavioural Science, Communication Science and Digital Processing. The results of this research are published in leading scientific journals and presented at conferences.  Several NAL inventions have been taken up internationally and are used worldwide.