Associate Professor Joseph Kei

Associate Professor in Audiology

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
k.kei@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52824

Overview

Joseph is the Head of the Hearing Research Unit for Children, leading three research teams investigating (1) middle ear problems in infants, (2) hearing in children with learning difficulties, and (3) speech perception in children. He is an editorial board member of three international journals: Associate Editor (Audiology) of Speech, Language and Hearing; International editorial member of the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology; and consulting editor of Communication Disorders Quarterly (USA).

Research Interests

  • Assessment of outer and middle ear function in infants
  • Assessing speech understanding in children
  • Hearing in children with cancer

Research Impacts

One of Joseph’s main research areas is “Assessment of outer and middle ear function in young infants (0-6 months)”. Before 2003, there were no tests which could assess the outer and middle ear function of young infants with high accuracy. With the support of GN Otometrics Ltd (Denmark), Joseph was able to try out a new method, called high frequency tympanometry (HFT) which can reliably detect outer and middle ear disorders in newborns. A research report was published [Kei et a. (2003). J Am Acad Audiol 14: 20-28] which has become a landmark paper with a high citation count of >111). Since then, Joseph had published 9 more papers in peer reviewed national and international journals. The significance of Joseph’s research, together with support from other eminent scientists in the field, has led the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (2007) to adopt the use of HFT for testing young infants. In 2007, Joseph also introduced the use of acoustic stapedial reflex (ASR) with a probe tone of 1 kHz testing to young infants, which proved to be effective in detecting middle ear dysfunction for this population. Two of his research papers published separately in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (2003), and Ear and Hearing (2009) were awarded the BEST diagnostic paper in audiology. In 2012, Joseph published a new book called “Assessing Middle Ear Function in Infants” in collaboration with scientists/researchers across several countries (Australia, USA, Malaysia, UK, China and Japan). Further development of research in this field has led Joseph to use newer technologies such as the Wideband Acoustic Immittance (WAI) and Sweep Frequency Impedance, to detect otitis media in young infants. With further research in this area, Joseph will anticipate that the WAI will be adopted as a routine clinical test to detect outer and middle ear fysfunction in the paediatric population.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Graduate Diploma in Audiology, University of Melbourne
  • Graduate Diploma on Special Education, University of Melbourne
  • Certificate in Education, The University of Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Hong Kong

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Kei, J., Maurer, M. and Tudehope, D. (2002). Feasibility of assessing middle ear function in neonates. In: Professor Frances Wang, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, (56-56). 1-3 November, 2002.

  • Driscoll, C., Kei, J. and McPherson, B. (2002). Hearing screening for children in community settings using transient evoked otoacoustic emissions. In: Professor Frances Wang, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, (52-52). 1-3 November, 2002.

  • Kei, Joseph, Allison-Levick, Julie, Dockray, Jacqueline, Harrys, Rachel, Kirkegard, Christina, Wong, Janet, Maurer, Marion, Hegarty, Jayne, Young, June and Tudehope, David (2002). High Frequency (1000 Hz) Tympanometric Findings in 170 Healthy Neonates. In: Theresa Ching, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology: Abstracts of XXVI International Congress of Audiology. XXVI International Congress of Audiology, Melbourne, Australia, (108-108). 17th – 21st MARCH, 2002. doi:10.1375/audi.23.2.101.31104

  • Kei, J., Allison-Levick, J., Dockray, J., Harrys, R., Kirkegard, C., Wong, J., Maurer, M., Hegarty, J., Young, J. and Tudehope, D. (2002). High frequency (1000 Hz) tympanometric findings in neonates: a normative study. In: 2nd International Conference on Newborn Hearing Screening: Diagnosis and Intervention. 2nd International Conference on Newborn Hearing Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention, Como, Italy, (77-78). 30 May - 1 June, 2002.

  • Kei, J. and Morris, D. (2002). Identification of Cantonese tones by hearing impaired children under various frequency response and ambient noise conditions. In: Professor Frances Wang, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, (49-49). 1-3 November, 2002.

  • Kei, J., Burge, E., Fernando, S., Fiteni, R., Haslam, S., Driscoll, C., Keogh, T. and McMahon, S. (2002). Measuring the ability of children to understand everyday speech using computer technology: a normative study. In: Frances Wang, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, (82-82). 1-3 November, 2002.

  • Keogh, T., Kei, J. and McMahon, S. (2002). Speech perception abilities of children with and without histories of recurrent otitis media: an overview. In: Professor Frances Wang, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, (83-83). 1-3 November 2002.

  • Keogh, T., Kei, J., Driscoll, C. and McMahon, S. (2002). Understanding of everyday speech by children with and without a history of recurrent otitis media. In: Frances Wang, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, (50-50). 1-3 November, 2002.

  • Kei, J., Keogh, T. and Driscoll, C. (2001). Distortion product otoacoustic emissions in school children: Effects to gender, ear asymmetry and handedness. In: David R Stapells, International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group Proceedings. 17th Biennial Symposium of the International Evoked Response Audiometry Study Group, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, (42-42). July 22-27, 2001.

  • Kei, J., Beahan, N., Young, J., Rasiah, R. and Suppiah, R. (2000). Feasibility of Establishing an Early Indicator for Aminoglycoside Ototoxicity in Children using Otoacoustic Emissions. In: Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing. 2nd Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, Grand Mercure Hotel, Gold Coast , QLD, (x-x). 4-7 July 2000.

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.