Perceptions and attitudes of Pasifika University students towards noise exposure caused by nightclub attendance

Project code:  MHS146

Department

Audiology

Location

Auckland

Supervisor

Dr Ravi Reddy

The prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss among adolescents and young adults has increased. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests excessive noise levels in nightclubs have an adverse effect on hearing, and may ultimately be responsible for noise-induced hearing loss. This study aims to explore Pasifika University students' attitudes and perceptions towards excessive nightclub sound levels (more than 85 dB) and potential harm. The findings of the study will add important hearing-health related information about one of NZ's fastest growing demographic. 

Skills

  • Qualitative methodology
  • Semi-structured interviews
  • Content analysis
  • Report writing

Understanding perceptions and attitudes towards hearing loss and access to hearing-health services in older Māori people.

Project code:  MHS152

Department

Audiology

Location

Auckland

Supervisor

Dr Ravi Reddy

The aims of this project are:

1. To investigate the beliefs, attitudes, knowledge base, and perception towards hearing loss among older Māori (>65yrs) people.

2. To understand factors that impact older Māori people’s access to hearing-health services, e.g., perceived need, personal attitudes, stigma, family influence, socioeconomic status, cultural appropriateness, community norms, cost, insurance policies, location, and service availability, etc) 

Skills

Qualitative research methods

Semi-structured interviews

Content/Thematic analysis

Health promotion concepts

Report writing

Assessment of changes in white matter fibre tracts in the ageing rat brain using MRI

Project code:  MHS162

Department

Audiology/Physiology

Location

Auckland

Supervisor

Peter Thorne

This study will investigate the changes in the brain white matter tracts in the rat brain with age using High Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  As part of our studies of the the ageing brain we use MRI to investigate structural and functional changes that occur in rodents with age and in models of neurological conditions such as sensory loss and dementia.  These studies will look at the changes in the rat brain white matter tracts using Diffusion Weighted MRI and tractography. 

Skills

  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Image analysis techniques
  • Anatomy of the rodent brain