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Mission and impact

Funded by the Australian Government Department of Health, our mission is to lead the world in hearing research and evidence-based innovation to improve hearing health and transform the lives of people with hearing difficulties

Focused on translational research, our world-class team uses rigorous, evidence-based innovation to positively impact people with hearing difficulties, health care workers, policymakers and the companies that use our solutions around the world.

NAL’s state of the art facilities paired with the expertise of our multi-disciplinary team provide an environment where ground-breaking work is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals, cited by academics and adopted into clinical practice and innovative technologies.

Our focus on the impact of our work ensures that we keep customer needs at the centre of each project. From influential and widely-used tools like NAL-NL2 prescription software, to the longitudinal LOCHI study that has produced powerful insights into the impact of hearing diagnosis and interventions, NAL’s innovations continue to lead the world in hearing research.

History of impact

Leading hearing research since 1947

NAL is one of the longest established hearing research institutes in the world. Since 1947, NAL’s work has delivered significant advancement in knowledge and practical tools for the hearing community – benefiting other researchers, clinicians, industry experts, product developers and ultimately impacting the lives of people with hearing difficulties

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Our impact

Strong evidence-based research and innovation powers NAL’s mission to transform the lives of those with hearing difficulty

Our global network supports our research and innovation for impact

NAL's close relationship with Hearing Australia and the Australian Government Department of Health gives the opportunity for NAL's research to affect hearing healthcare across Australia, including paediatric hearing services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander hearing services programs.​

Being located in the Australian Hearing Hub allows NAL to collaborate with many of the country's leading hearing healthcare organisations who are also located in the Hub, and gives access to world-class research facilities including a state-of-the-art anechoic chamber with a multisensory display.​

Collaborations with research organisations and technology companies around the world enables NAL to deliver truly translational research.