Associate Professor Wayne Wilson

Associate Professor in Audiology

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
w.wilson@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 51797

Overview

Wayne Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Audiology at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland (UQ). He holds a PhD and Post-graduate Diploma in audiology and a BSc(Hons) in auditory physiology. Wayne's current research interests include auditory processing and auditory processing disorder, auditory evoked potentials, and simulated learning environments. He has published over 90 papers in refereed scientific journals, 9 book chapters and 3 patents; given over 250 presentations at scientific conferences including 15 key-note/opening addresses; and has secured over 35 competitive research grants totaling more than AUD$3.5 million.

Research Interests

  • Auditory processing and auditory processing disorder
    I am interested in the development of auditory processing in typically developing children and the appearance of auditory processing disorder in non-typically developing children. This research seeks to determine why some children struggle to hear in difficult listening environments such as the classroom.
  • Auditory processing Disorder and communication
    I am interested in improving the management of auditory processing disorders (APD) within the larger context of communication disorders in children. This research seeks to develop the tools needed to differentially diagnose and rehabilitate APD disorders specifically, and to improve the management of APD and related communication disorders generally.
  • The use of simulations in the training of audiology students
    I am interested in using standardized patients and computer simulations to improve the way we teach and assess clinical skills in audiology students.
  • The rapid acquisition and signal processing of auditory evoked responses
    I am interested in developing methods to rapidly acquire and analyse auditory evoked responses to better objectively assess auditory function in children and adults; and developing signal processing tools, particularly in frequency and time-frequency domains, to better objectively assess auditory function in children and adults.

Research Impacts

My research impact is reflected in the following achievements:

Research comment: My research publications have been widely reported by the general media, cited in national white papers, cited as an ‘all-round favourite in the diagnostic audiology literature’, been ranked in the top three most cited papers on specific topics in Thompson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge, been described in journal editorials as being “of considerable significance for both researchers and clinicians”, and published on national websites.

Influence on policy development and public practice: My research has been cited in white papers and national guidelines internationally, listed in the “most read” and “all-round favourites” in audiology journals, described as being “of considerable significance for both researchers and clinicians” in physiology journals, and been reported by the mass print and web media internationally. Thirty-five percent of my more than 250 papers presented at scientific conferences around the world have been invited presentations. Since 2003, my procedures (or variants there-of) for the management of auditory processing in children and adults have been used by dozens of clinics throughout Australasia and clinics in South Africa, the UK and the USA. Since 2013, I have led an Auditory Processing Disorder Special Interest Group that has grown to include over 100 fellow scientists and research clinicians from around the world.

Patents:

Two published patents (Bradley, A.P., & Wilson, W.J. (2008). Method of Acquiring a Physiological Response. WO2008/006164. and Bradley, A.P., O’Brien, I., & Wilson, W.J. (2008). Active hearing protection device for orchestral and other musicians), and one provisional patent (Bradley, A.P., & Wilson, W.J. (2008). Improvements for cochlear implants, to the Australian Government’s IP Australia).

Involvement in spin-off companies: I am a founding member and continue to serve as the Chief Audiological Scientist of Ausonex Pty Ltd. Ausonex Pty Ltd is a medical device company specialising in the design and development of hearing test instrumentation utilizing core technology developed by Dr AP Bradley and myself at the University of Queensland. Ausonex has been awarded more than AUD$1 million in research grants, was one of seven finalists in the 2007 UQ Enterprize Awards for the project entitled “AusonexTM – Rapid Hearing Test” and was one of four winning teams in the 2006 Trailblazer Challenge (open category) held by UniQuest of The University of Queensland. I am a founding member and continue to serve as the Chief Audiologiscal Scientist of Fidelio. Fidelio is a hearing protection device group specialising in the design and development of active hearing protection devices for orchestral and other musicians utilising core technology developed by Dr AP Bradley, Mr Ian O’Brien and myself at the University of Queensland. Fidelio has been awarded more than AUD$25 000 in research grants and was a finalist in the 2008 Trailblazer Challenge (student category) held by UniQuest of The University of Queensland.

Media comment: I have been interviewed on national radio and in national and international papers and magazines on over 20 occasions on topics ranging from hearing to noise induced hearing loss to simulated learning environments.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Audiology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science - Physiology, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Harper-Hill, Keely, Wilson, Wayne, Armstrong, Rebecca, Perrykkad, Kelsey, Downing, Cerys and Ashburner, Jill (2021). Sound amplification in school contexts: Implications for inclusive practice. Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum in Inclusive Schools: A Practical Guide to Implementing Evidence-Based Approaches. (pp. 88-103) edited by Suzanne Carrington, Beth Saggers, Keely Harper-Hill and Michael Whelan. London, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781003049036-10

  • Wilson, Wayne J. (2014). Could it be (central) auditory processing disorder ([C]APD). Adult Audiology Casebook. (pp. 133-136) edited by Michael Valente and L. Maureen Valente. New York, NY, USA: Thieme Medical Publishing.

  • Driscoll, Carlie J., McPherson, Bradley and Wilson, Wayne J. (2014). Hearing screening for school children. School health screening systems: the complete perspective. (pp. 63-94) edited by Bradley McPherson and Carlie J. Driscoll. New York, NY, United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Harvey, Lauren A. and Wilson, Wayne J. (2014). My hearing aids didn't help me at all. Adult Audiology Casebook. (pp. 79-84) edited by Michael Valente and L. Maureen Valente. New York, NY, USA: Theime Medical Publishers.

  • Wilson, Wayne J. and Malicka, Alicja (2014). Revisiting the reflexes. Adult Audiology Casebook. (pp. 130-132) edited by Michael Valente and L. Maureen Valente. New York , NY, USA: Thieme Medical Publishing.

  • Harvey, Lauren A. and Wilson, Wayne J. (2014). You really should see a doctor about that. Adult Audiology Casebook. (pp. 19-22) edited by Michael Valente and L. Maureen Valente. New York, NY, USA: Thieme Medical Publishing.

  • Wilson, W. J. (2013). Screening for central auditory processing disorder. Handbook of central auditory processing disorders: auditory neuroscience and diagnosis. (pp. 265-290) edited by Frank E. Musiek and Gail D. Chermak. San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

  • Wilson, Wayne (2012). Anatomy and physiology of the outer and middle ear in young infants. Assessing middle ear function in infants. (pp. 1-16) edited by Joseph Kei and Fei Zhao. San Diego, CA, U.S.A.: Plural Publishing.

  • Wilson, Wayne J. and Arnott, Wendy (2012). Evidence about effectiveness of central auditory processing intervention. Evidence-based practice in audiology: Evaluating interventions for children and adults with hearing impairment. (pp. 283-308) edited by Lena Wong and Louise Hickson. San Diego, CA, United States: Plural Publishing.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision