PROF Richard Dowell

PROF Richard Dowell


  • Hearing loss (cochlear implants)
  • Language development (child development)
  • Vestibular assessment (Balance and dizziness)



  • Contributions to the research field

    Professor Dowell is the Director of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Cochlear Implant Clinic and holds the Chair in Audiology and Speech Science at the University of Melbourne. Prof Dowell is also a key scientist with the Hearing Cooperative Research Centre (2008-2014). He has been involved in clinical work and research in cochlear implants for over 30 years. Some of his most significant achievements have included studies leading to the development of signal processing improvements for cochlear implants; the establishment of the first cochlear implant clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 1986; key contributions to the FDA approval of cochlear implants for adults (1985) and  children (1990); initiation of the transition of the Graduate Diploma in Audiology (one year) training in clinical audiology to a two year Masters degree across Australia (1998); and development of professional training in speech pathology at the University of Melbourne (2011).

    10 career best publications

    Dowell RC, Martin LFA, Tong YC, Clark GM, Seligman PM and Patrick JF. A 12-consonant confusion study on a multiple channel cochlear implant patient. J Sp Hear Res 25: 509-516 (1982)

    Tong YC Dowell RC, Blamey PJ and Clark GM. Two component hearing sensations produced by two electrode stimulation in the cochlea of a totally deaf patient. Science 219: 993-994 (1983)

    Dowell RC, Martin LFA, Clark GM and Brown AM. Results of a preliminary clinical trial on a multiple channel cochlear prosthesis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 94: 244-250 (1985)

    Dowell RC, Seligman PM, Blamey and Clark GM - Evaluation of a two-formant speech processing strategy for a multichannel cochlear prosthesis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol Suppl 128, 96: 132-133 (1987)

    Staller SJ, Dowell RC, Beiter AL and Brimacombe JA. Perceptual abilities of children wi



Member of

  • Audiology Australia. Fellow of the Audiology Society of Australia 2011 - 2012


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1991
  • MSc, University of Melbourne 1989
  • DipAud, University of Melbourne 1979
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1977

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Audiology Society of Australia, 2000



Available for supervision

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