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Research project

Unlocking the secrets of hearing loss

VicCHILD is the Victorian Childhood Hearing Impairment Longitudinal Databank. 

It's a Victorian register and research databank of children born with a permanent hearing loss. VicCHILD ultimately aims to help children with permanent hearing loss reach their full potentials. VicCHILD is based at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.

Update your contact detailsRegister your interest in VicChild

As of March 2020, over 950 Victorian families have already contributed data to VicCHILD.

The databank holds a range of information about all Victorian children born with a permanent hearing loss. The information collected and stored by VicCHILD will:

  • help researchers and health professionals gain a better understanding of the causes and outcomes of childhood hearing loss
  • help researchers understand why some children with a hearing loss do well, while others face greater difficulties
  • improve intervention and treatment and ultimately the lives of children with permanent hearing loss and their families.

If your child was born with a permanent hearing loss (and was born since 1st January 2005), you could help to improve the lives of other children by joining the VicCHILD register. If you have not been contacted by the VicCHILD team and would like to register your interest in joining, please click here.

Already on the register? Update your family's contact details here.