DR Julia Sarant

DR Julia Sarant


  • Associations between hearing loss and other variables in epidemiological studies
  • Cognitive function and hearing loss
  • Speech perception, language, educational and social development in children with hearing loss
  • The effect of remediation of hearing loss (using cochlear implants/hearing aids) on cognition



  • Julia Sarant is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, Melbourne School of Health Sciences. She has been conducting clinical research with children and adults with hearing loss for over 25 years. At the beginning of her career she was a member of Graeme Clark’s team developing the world’s first multi-channel cochlear implant. Julia's main current research is focused on exploring the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline in older adults. It is known that there is a significant correlation between hearing loss and a decline in cognitive function in the elderly. Whether hearing loss is a marker for early cognitive impairment or a risk factor for this that can be modified, or both, is currently unknown. Julia is currently leading two studies in this area: 1. investigating the effect of remediation of severe-profound hearing loss with cochlear implants on cognitive function in the elderly (Australian Research Council Linkage grant) and 2: investigating the effect of remediation of hearing loss with hearing aids on cognitive function in older adults (Industry funding; Sonova AG, Switzerland) Julia is also conducting collaborative research with The University of Newcastle, investigating the relationships between hearing loss and various physiological and lifestyle factors in their Hunter Valley Community study of aging. Julia is a chief investigator on an ARC linkage grant investigating the effect of the communicative environment on early communicative and cognitive development in children who receive cochlear implants at an early age. In order to provide the best early intervention options and support for children with cochlear implants, it is critical to understand the factors that best facilitate the development of spoken language from the very early years. This study targets a critical period for language during which the foundations are established, and is investigating the impact of the communicative envi   


Member of

  • Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing Victoria. Member Advisory Council for Children with Impaired Hearing Victoria 2008 -
  • Deafness Foundation. Member 2007 -
  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Deaf Studies & Deaf Education. Editorial Board Member 2010 - 2014


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Industry funding: Sonova AG, Switzerland, 2017, $134,364 Sarant, Maruff, Harris, Dowell, Briggs, Tomlin The effect of remediation of hearing loss on cognitive function in hearing aid recipients. Department of Education and Training, 2015, 2016 $245,128 Dettman, Dowell, Duncan, Sarant, Barr, Graham Educational Support for Students Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing: Policy, Practice and Outcomes Research Project.

    ARC Linkage Project Grant 2014, $1.1m
    Sarant, Maruff, Harris, Dowell, Busby.
    The effect of cochlear implants on cognitive decline in aging Australians.

    ARC LInkage Project Grant 2010, $440,586
    Bavin, Sarant, Peterson, Busby, Leigh.
    The early communicative environment prior to and following cochlear implants: impact on children's early communicative and cognitive development. 

    ARC LInkage Project Grant 2009, $547,000
    Sarant, Galvin, Blamey, Wales, Busby.  
    Bilateral cochlear implants for children: Does a second implant improve langauge, psychosocial and other outcomes?

    Deafness Foundation, $10,000, 2007 

    Victorian Foundation for the Promotion of Oral Education of the Deaf $7500, 2007




Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1999
  • Dip Aud, University of Melbourne 1988
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 1987

Awards and honors

  • Collaborative Research Achievements Award, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, 2016
  • Research Excellence Award, Melbourne School of Health Sciences, 2015
  • Outstanding Contribution Award, The University of Melbourne, 2014
  • American Speech-Language Association 2001 Editor's Award in Hearing, 2001
  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award, 1985



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My current research interests are in the areas of hearing loss, cognitive function, ageing, and cochlear implants in both adults and children. I also have a background in language development and broader outcomes for children with hearing loss, such as academic and social development, and stress and factors that affect these outcomes. I am interested and experienced in supervision of projects in both audiology and speech pathology.