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 Office of Hearing Services, and supplements this funding through grants from various funding bodies such as 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 organisations from the hearing rehabilitation and hearing protection industries.
NAL has around 40 researchers who, with the help of volunteer participants from the general public, carry out research in the areas of hearing assessment, hearing loss prevention and hearing rehabilitation. The results of this research are published in leading scientific journals, presented at national and international conferences and reported on in this website. Several NAL inventions have been taken up internationally and are used worldwide.