Staff Member

Elizabeth Beach

BA(Hons), PhD
Elizabeth Beach


Biographic Notes

Elizabeth has worked at National Acoustic Laboratories since May 2009, where she heads the behavioural sciences department. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Sydney where she studied Linguistics and Psychology. She completed her PhD at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University on the effect of spectral tilt on infants’ speech perception and the implications for infants with hearing loss. Her current areas of research include the impact of leisure noise exposure, methods for motivating people to change their hearing health behaviour and the use of behavioural insights to improve client decision-making.

Selected Publications

McGinnity S, Mulder J, Beach EF, Cowan R (2019) Management of sound levels in live music venues, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. 67(12) 972-985.

Beach EF, Gilliver M (2019) Time to listen: Most regular patrons of music venues prefer lower volumes. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 607.  Click here to view

Bramhall N, Beach EF, Epp B, LePrell C, Lopez-Poveda E, Plack C, Schaette R, Verhulst S, Canlon B et al (2019) The search for noise-induced cochlear synaptopathy in humans: Mission impossible? Hearing Review, 377, 88-103.

Yeend, I, Beach EF, Sharma M and Dillon H (2017). The effects of noise exposure and musical training on suprathreshold auditory processing and speech perception in noise. Hearing Research, 353, 224-236. Click here to view

O’Brien I, Beach EF (2016). Hearing loss, earplug use and attitudes to hearing protection amongst non-orchestral ensemble musicians. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64(3), 132-137. Click here to view

Beach EF, Gilliver M, Williams W (2016). Hearing protection devices: Use at work predicts use at play. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health, 71(5), 281-288, doi: 10.1080/19338244.2015.1089828. Click here to view

Beach EF, Nielsen L, Gilliver M (2015). Providing earplugs to young adults at risk encourages protective behaviour in music venues. Global Health Promotion, doi:10.1177/1757975914558887. Click here to view

Beach EF, Gilliver M and Williams W (2014). A snapshot of young adults’ noise exposure reveals evidence of ‘Binge Listening’ Applied Acoustics, 77, 71-75. Click here to view

Beach EF and Nie V (2014). Noise levels in fitness classes are still too high: Evidence from 1997 and 2011. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 69(4): 223-230. Click here to view

Beach EF, Gilliver M, et al. (2013). Leisure noise exposure: Participation trends, symptoms of hearing damage, and perception of risk. International Journal of Audiology 52: S20-S25. Click here to view

Beach EF, Gilliver M, et al. (2013). The NOISE (Non-Occupational Incidents, Situations and Events) Database: A new research tool. Annals of Leisure Research, 16(2): 149 – 159. Click here to view

Beach EF, Williams W, et al. (2013). Estimating young Australian adults’ risk of hearing damage from selected leisure activities. Ear and Hearing 34(1): 75-82. Click here to view

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