National Centre for Audiology

Marianne Hawkins

Education & Experience

  • M.Cl.Sc, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western University, Canada
  • Research Associate, Child Amplification Lab, National Centre for Audiology

Brief Bio
Marianne Hawkins is a research audiologist at the National Centre for Audiology at Western University. She began as a member of the Child Amplification Laboratory team in 2013 as a research assistant and has graduated to a research associate. She is currently exploring pediatric hearing aid technologies with a focus on frequency lowering. Her work in the lab translates well to her involvement in the Ontario Infant Hearing Program and contribution to the creation of clinical protocols.

Project Goals
Pediatric populations typically cannot fully communicate what they are hearing or do not have an understanding of what sounds are being missed. The goal of this research is to develop fitting methods for clinicians to best individualize hearing aid programming to provide most benefit to children with hearing loss. Clinicians can then determine the efficacy of their selected settings using valid outcome measures which have been lab-tested. Ultimately, this research allows clinicians to provide their pediatric populations with hearing aids best suited to each individual’s hearing loss.

About Marianne
Marianne’s interest in hearing aid technology stems from her own personal experience with a family member who acquired a profound hearing loss while she was in high school. At the time of her family member’s struggle with hearing loss, she was working in a noisy bowling alley. Her work environment brought up concerns about noise-induced hearing loss. These events motivated her to begin volunteering at both Mount Hope Long Term Care and London Health Sciences Centre with individuals with hearing loss and dementia. Her collective experiences and health-related educational basis prompted her to apply to Western’s Audiology program with hopes of aiding all of those she had worked with in the past with their hearing-related concerns.