Professor Mark Flynn

Professor Mark Flynn

Executive Director, Better Health, Healthcare and Treatment Global Impact Cluster

Office - DVC (Research and Innovation)

A global outlook from both sides of the table

With extensive expertise translating research into real-world applications, Professor Mark Flynn is paving a sturdy path for collaboration between research and industry at the University of Newcastle.

Mark Flynn

Beginning his academic career in audiology, Professor Flynn quickly transitioned from a role in research to working in industry around the world, giving him an intricate understanding of both sides of the equation.

“I’ve always had a global outlook, having lived in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, China, Italy, Sweden and the USA throughout my career."

“My study of audiology translated well to a role in industry working on projects such as automated signal processing, fitting systems, connectivity to iDevices and implantability; how to take semi-implantable hearing devices and make them fully implantable, how to reduce the complexity of surgery and improving post-surgery healing processes."

“My various roles often involved interaction and research with universities from a seat at the table on the manufacturing side, which gave me a unique insight into what commercial partners want from joint projects,” he explained.

Game, set and match

A self-confessed ‘cheerleader and match-maker’, Professor Flynn’s unique experience has led him to his current role at the University of Newcastle, where he is committed to fostering and nurturing opportunities between researchers and industry partners.

“The role is really based around cheerleading and match-making to ensure we’re developing relationships which lead to a rapid translation from research to clinical practice in healthcare and furthermore into the community. I am particularly passionate about at home solutions."

“The University does very well with industry collaborations – we’re the highest ranked university in Australia for innovation connections as rated by AusIndustry – but it’s ensuring we’re continuing to partner with Industry to jointly solve the challenges of the health sector."

Professor Flynn quotes three main priorities to ensure further success in this area.

“First, we’re seeing increasing success in cross-collaboration by asking questions like ‘how can engineers, creative industries, or sociologists look at improving the quality of the delivery of healthcare?’. My passion is looking at how I can facilitate researchers to expand their parameters across faculties and schools to join forces with other bright minds who can complement their work."

“Second, let’s look at how we translate our research. Many people have discussed it takes around 17 years from research discovery to move into clinical practice, so we’re looking at how we can work together with the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the Local Health District to translate research faster. Working together, side by side and involving clinicians is key."

“That relationship is a great way to identify challenges in the healthcare system and put those at the top of our agenda so we can be working on projects of immediate application on the frontline."

“Third, facilitating engagement with industry. We’re working to orchestrate a multitude of events and programs aimed at showcasing the ground-breaking work at the University and demonstrating how it could translate to industry to provide real-world solutions for the community.”

Meeting the future needs of healthcare delivery

When it comes to healthcare in a global context, Professor Flynn stressed the needs of society are continuously evolving.

“Increasingly, we see healthcare becoming more complicated. There are greater demands, but society can’t afford to deliver that healthcare at the speed or level necessary to keep up."

“I’m focused on exploring how we improve the quality and value, provide better healthcare that meets the needs of people globally, while also keeping cost of delivering healthcare reasonable,” he said.

Professor Flynn highlighted the benefits of looking to our overseas partners for inspiration. Having worked extensively in Sweden, he said the strong research relationships between Newcastle and Gothenburg were a great resource moving forward.

“One thing that Sweden does really well is that it’s exceptionally fast at converting innovation from research to clinical practice, and has built funding models, processes and procedures to enable that fast translation."

“That’s one of the things we’d love to take and apply to our context here."

“Although we have to recognise it can be a slow process, we have unique opportunities in Newcastle through our strong ties with the local health district, as well as new centres for innovation in regional health who are at the coal face of healthcare delivery and can give us key insight into the needs of practitioners and community,” he said.

Having well and truly turned his attention from his own research to utilising his experience to empower others, Professor Flynn is looking forward to the next chapter in his career.

“Now it’s about working out the ways in which I can help to enable the success of others and provide tangible community benefit. We have huge potential here and I look forward to supporting the incredible range of projects translate from the University to real-world health applications for the people,” he said.

A global outlook from both sides of the table

Dr Mark Flynn – Executive Director, Global Innovation Cluster for Better Health, Healthcare and Treatment

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Career Summary

Biography

Mark is a forward-looking commercial leader with deep insights into global healthcare research and solutions, particularly around the industrialisation of ideas. Mark's most significant asset is his ability to evaluate clinical needs and take new research, projects and/or products global. Mark has the rare talent of envisioning a future state and is known as the standard bearer who plants the flag, signals larger teams as to program direction and objectives. His extensive experience translating medical and bio-engineering discoveries into translational research and commercial products, enables him to calculate process metrics, identify resources, and expedite delivery. Mark is a problem solver who engages people to take meaningful work to scale.

Mark has lead research, public awareness and innovation activities in clinical science and biotechnology for over twenty years. Building on his strong academic foundation and knowledge base, he integrates and aligns research and innovation strategy towards the broader initiatives of building research partnerships, developing innovative approaches to building research ecosystems, increasing awareness, influencing public policy, and determining the societal value of healthcare solutions.

He regularly speaks at international conferences, delivers keynote presentations, and publishes in books and high-impact peer-reviewed journals (academic, trade and consumer). He easily makes the transition between different stakeholders (retail, academics, advocates, and consumers) and tailor activities to deliver on their specific needs.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Business Administration, Georgetown University - USA
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), La Trobe University
  • Graduate Diploma in Audiology, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Business Administration Global Executive, Ramon Llull University, Spain

Keywords

  • biotechnology
  • neuroscience
  • biomaterials
  • audiology
  • hearing

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
090304 Medical Devices 40
110315 Otorhinolaryngology 40
110999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Adjunct Scientist University of Gothenburg
Sweden
1/01/2001 - 31/12/2002 Senior Lecturer (Audiology) University of Canterbury
New Zealand
1/01/1998 - 31/12/2000 Lecturer (Audiology) University of Canterbury
New Zealand
1/01/1995 - 31/12/1998 Lecturer La Trobe University
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2017 -  Chief Medical Officer (CMO) MYoroface AB, Gothenburg
Sweden
1/05/2016 - 31/12/2016 Chief Medical Officer Wise Neuro Srl, Milan
Italy
1/01/2015 - 30/04/2016 Director of Clinical Strategy Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB
Sweden
1/01/2006 - 31/12/2015 Director of Research and Applications Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB
Sweden
1/01/2002 - 31/12/2005 Director of Product Concept Definition Oticon A/S, Copenhagen
Denmark
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2003 Gillon GT, Clendon S, Cupples L, Flynn MC, Iacono T, Schmidtke T, et al., 'Phonological awareness development in children with physical, sensory or intellectual impairment', Phonological Awareness: From Research to Practice, Guildford, New York (2003)

Journal article (41 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Kompis M, Kurz A, Flynn M, Caversaccio M, 'Estimating the benefit of a second bone anchored hearing implant in unilaterally implanted users with a testband', Acta Oto-Laryngologica, 136 379-384 (2016)

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Conclusion Using a second bone anchored hearing implant (BAHI) mounted on a testband in unilaterally implanted BAHI users to test its potential adva... [more]

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. Conclusion Using a second bone anchored hearing implant (BAHI) mounted on a testband in unilaterally implanted BAHI users to test its potential advantage pre-operatively under-estimates the advantage of two BAHIs placed on two implants.Objectives To investigate how well speech understanding with a second BAHI mounted on a testband approaches the benefit of bilaterally implanted BAHIs.Method Prospective study with 16 BAHI users. Eight were implanted unilaterally (group A) and eight were implanted bilaterally (group B). Aided speech understanding was measured. Speech was presented from the front and noise came either from the left, right, or from the front in two conditions for group A (with one BAHI, and with two BAHIs, where the second device was mounted on a testband) and in three conditions for group B (same two conditions as group A, and in addition with both BAHIs mounted on implants).Results Speech understanding in noise improved with the additional device for noise from the side of the first BAHI (+0.7 to +2.1 dB) and decreased for noise from the other side (-1.8 dB to -3.9 dB). Improvements were highest (+2.1 dB, p = 0.016) and disadvantages were smallest (-1.8 dB, p = 0.047) with both BAHIs mounted on implants. Testbands yielded smaller advantages and higher disadvantages of the additional BAHI (average difference = -0.9 dB).

DOI 10.3109/00016489.2015.1121549
2016 Sadeghi AM, Flynn M, Davison T, Schulte M, Hillbratt M, 'Accuracy and precision of direct bone conduction measurements', B-ENT, 12 41-51 (2016)
2016 den Besten CA, Stalfors J, Wigren S, Blechert JI, Flynn M, Eeg-Olofsson M, et al., 'Stability, Survival, and Tolerability of an Auditory Osseointegrated Implant for Bone Conduction Hearing: Long-Term Follow-Up of a Randomized Controlled Trial', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 37 1077-1083 (2016)
DOI 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001111
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3
2015 Larsson A, Andersson M, Wigren S, Pivodic A, Flynn M, Nannmark U, 'Soft Tissue Integration of Hydroxyapatite-Coated Abutments for Bone Conduction Implants', CLINICAL IMPLANT DENTISTRY AND RELATED RESEARCH, 17 E730-E735 (2015)
DOI 10.1111/cid.12304
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2015 Briggs R, Van Hasselt A, Luntz M, Goycoolea M, Wigren S, Weber P, et al., 'Clinical Performance of a New Magnetic Bone Conduction Hearing Implant System: Results From a Prospective, Multicenter, Clinical Investigation', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 36 834-841 (2015)
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 20
2015 Nelissen RC, Wigren S, Flynn MC, Meijer GJ, Mylanus EAM, Hol MKS, 'Application and interpretation of resonance frequency analysis in auditory osseointegrated implants: A review of literature and establishment of practical recommendations', Otology and Neurotology, 36 1518-1524 (2015)

Copyright © 2015 Otology & Neurotology, Inc. Objective: To establish standardization of implant stability measurements in auditory osseointegrated implants by means of reson... [more]

Copyright © 2015 Otology & Neurotology, Inc. Objective: To establish standardization of implant stability measurements in auditory osseointegrated implants by means of resonance frequency analysis (RFA) through reviewing the currently published literature. Methods: Studies reporting on RFA in auditory osseointegrated implants were identified, and the outcomes and the way these were reported were evaluated. Results: Thirteen clinical studies reporting RFA outcomes of auditory osseointegrated implants were identified and analyzed, which demonstrated variations in methodology and reporting of data. The different reporting standards made a meta-analysis impossible. Heterogeneity and limitations were found in reporting of the types of implants, abutments, and SmartPegs used; study population sizes; follow-up duration; and, reporting of the implant stability quotient (ISQ). Conclusion: RFA is an interesting outcome of clinical studies on auditory osseointegrated implant research and might have potential as a clinically relevant tool for assessing implant stability. Because of the heterogeneous data that have been reported to date, the following guidelines for standardization of application and reporting were established. The implant and abutment type and length, and the type of SmartPeg should always be stated. Absolute standalone ISQ values should not be interpreted individually. ISQ values are at this moment most meaningful as a trend in the individual patient or in a population over time. No conclusions should be based on individual ISQ values. Standardized time points for RFA in research should be determined prospectively, with surgery as a baseline. After abutment replacement, individual ISQ trends from baseline cannot be interpreted anymore if the abutments differ in length.

DOI 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000833
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 9
2015 van Hoof M, Wigren S, Duimel H, Savelkoul PHM, Flynn M, Stokroos RJ, 'Can the Hydroxyapatite-Coated Skin-Penetrating Abutment for Bone Conduction Hearing Implants Integrate with the Surrounding Skin?', Front Surg, 2 45 (2015)
DOI 10.3389/fsurg.2015.00045
2014 Kurz A, Flynn M, Caversaccio M, Kompis M, 'Speech Understanding with a New Implant Technology: A Comparative Study with a New Nonskin Penetrating Baha System', BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, (2014)
DOI 10.1155/2014/416205
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 16
2014 Nelissen RC, Stalfors J, de Wolf MJF, Flynn MC, Wigren S, Eeg-Olofsson M, et al., 'Long-Term Stability, Survival, and Tolerability of a Novel Osseointegrated Implant for Bone Conduction Hearing: 3-Year Data From a Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled, Clinical Investigation', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 35 1486-1491 (2014)
Citations Scopus - 18Web of Science - 16
2012 Larsson A, Wigren S, Andersson M, Ekeroth G, Flynn M, Nannmark U, 'Histologic Evaluation of Soft Tissue Integration of Experimental Abutments for Bone Anchored Hearing Implants Using Surgery Without Soft Tissue Reduction', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 33 1445-1451 (2012)
DOI 10.1097/MAO.0b013e318268d4e0
Citations Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25
2012 Flynn MC, Hillbratt M, 'Improving the Accuracy of Baha (R) Fittings through Measures of Direct Bone Conduction', CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY, 5 S43-S47 (2012)
DOI 10.3342/ceo.2012.5.S1.S43
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
2012 Flynn MC, Hedin A, Halvarsson G, Good T, Sadeghi A, 'Hearing Performance Benefits of a Programmable Power Baha (R) Sound Processor with a Directional Microphone for Patients with a Mixed Hearing Loss', CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OTORHINOLARYNGOLOGY, 5 S76-S81 (2012)
DOI 10.3342/ceo.2012.5.S1.S76
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
2011 Pfiffner F, Kompis M, Flynn M, Asnes K, Arnold A, Stieger C, 'Benefits of Low-Frequency Attenuation of Baha (R) in Single-Sided Sensorineural Deafness', EAR AND HEARING, 32 40-45 (2011)
DOI 10.1097/AUD.0b013e3181ecd002
Citations Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20
2011 Dun CAJ, de Wolf MJF, Hol MKS, Wigren S, Eeg-Olofsson M, Green K, et al., 'Stability, Survival, and Tolerability of a Novel Baha Implant System: Six-Month Data From a Multicenter Clinical Investigation', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 32 1001-1007 (2011)
DOI 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3182267e9c
Citations Scopus - 50Web of Science - 45
2011 Flynn MC, Sadeghi A, Halvarsson G, 'Benefits of directional microphones and noise reduction circuits for improving Baha® hearing performance.', Cochlear implants international, 12 Suppl 1 (2011)
Citations Scopus - 4
2011 Flynn MC, 'Challenges and recent developments in sound processing for baha® 112-123 (2011)

© 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel. Osseointegrated auditory implants such as Baha® provide an efficient pathway for sound delivery and an excellent amplification choice for patients with... [more]

© 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel. Osseointegrated auditory implants such as Baha® provide an efficient pathway for sound delivery and an excellent amplification choice for patients with conductive or mixed hearing loss or single-sided sensorineural deafness. But at the same time, bone conduction hearing provides a number of key challenges that need to be addressed. One solution is computer-based fitting software to measure in-situ thresholds directly through the Baha sound processor and to individually prescribe amplification settings based on the patient's hearing loss and degree of transcranial attenuation. Additionally, technologies such as automatic directional microphones and noise reduction systems further improve hearing performance in noisy situations. This paper highlights recent technological innovations and summarizes data on the advantages for the Baha patient population using the sound processing capabilities available in the latest Baha sound processors.

DOI 10.1159/000323592
Citations Scopus - 6
2010 Flynn MC, Sammeth CA, Sadeghi A, Cire G, Halvarsson G, 'Baha for single-sided sensorineural deafness: Review and recent technological innovations', Seminars in Hearing, 31 326-349 (2010)

An implantable bone conduction hearing system such as the Baha auditory osseointegrated implant is one amplification choice for patients with single-sided deafness (SSD). Several ... [more]

An implantable bone conduction hearing system such as the Baha auditory osseointegrated implant is one amplification choice for patients with single-sided deafness (SSD). Several published reports outline the benefits that Baha provides for speech recognition in noise as well as subjective preference. Recent advances in Baha sound processor technology (e.g., Cochlear Baha BP100) provide technological advantages specifically for persons with SSD. In particular, fitting software is now used to measure in situ bone conduction thresholds through the Baha sound processor and to individually prescribe amplification settings based on the patient's hearing loss and degree of transcranial attenuation. Additionally, technology such as automatic directional microphones and noise reduction systems may provide improved hearing in noise solutions for patients with SSD. This article reviews the research on Baha for SSD and presents data on the advantages for this patient population using new features available in the Baha BP100 sound processor. Copyright © 2010 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

DOI 10.1055/s-0030-1268033
Citations Scopus - 9
2010 Flynn MC, Sadeghi A, Halvarsson G, 'Results of the first clinical evaluation of Cochlear¿ Baha® BP100', Cahiers de l'Audition, 23 54-58 (2010)
2010 Flynn MC, Hillbratt M, 'Direct Bone Conduction - Facilitating a precise and personalized setting of the Baha® external processor', Cahiers de l'Audition, 23 59-63 (2010)
2010 Gottlow J, Sennerby L, Rosengren A, Flynn M, 'An Experimental Evaluation of a New Craniofacial Implant Using the Rabbit Tibia Model: Part I. Histologic Findings', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 31 832-839 (2010)
DOI 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181dfbbab
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 14
2010 Sennerby L, Gottlow J, Rosengren A, Flynn M, 'An Experimental Evaluation of a New Craniofacial Implant Using the Rabbit Tibia Model: Part II. Biomechanical Findings', OTOLOGY & NEUROTOLOGY, 31 840-845 (2010)
DOI 10.1097/MAO.0b013e3181de4b79
Citations Scopus - 24Web of Science - 18
2009 Flynn MC, Sadeghi A, Halvarsson G, 'Baha solutions for patients with severe mixed hearing loss', Cochlear Implants International, 10 43-47 (2009)

Patients with a mixed hearing loss present special challenges. The amplification demands of mixed hearing loss can drive powerful digital hearing aids to their limits and introduc... [more]

Patients with a mixed hearing loss present special challenges. The amplification demands of mixed hearing loss can drive powerful digital hearing aids to their limits and introduce distortion through saturation. Conversely, the Baha® System effectively bypasses the conductive component and focuses on compensating for the sensorineural component of the hearing loss. Ten patients with a mixed hearing loss participated in the present study. Results indicate that Baha provided significant benefits (p < 0.01) over conventional air conduction hearing instruments across the dimensions of audibility, speech understanding and sound quality. Given the increased output force of the latest Baha instruments, once the conductive component of a severe mixed hearing loss becomes greater than 30 dB, a Baha should be considered and evaluated on audiological grounds alone to provide optimal amplification. © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

DOI 10.1002/cii.385
Citations Scopus - 12
2008 Flynn MC, 'Baha® for conductive, mixed, and unilateral loss', Hearing Journal, 61 44-46 (2008)
DOI 10.1097/01.HJ.0000327763.24840.2f
Citations Scopus - 1
2008 Vermeire K, Anderson I, Flynn M, De Heyning PV, 'The influence of different speech processor and hearing aid settings on speech perception outcomes in electric acoustic stimulation patients', EAR AND HEARING, 29 76-86 (2008)
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 23
2006 Flynn MC, Flynn TS, 'Digital technology offers a better solution to feedback problems in pediatric patients', Hearing Journal, 59 58-63 (2006)
DOI 10.1097/01.HJ.0000286490.74197.6e
Citations Scopus - 1
2005 Flynn MC, Lunner T, 'Clinical verification of a hearing aid with Artificial Intelligence', Hearing Journal, 58 34-38 (2005)

In summary, it is crucial to remember that we observed differences between the standard digital hearing instruments and those built on a platform of parallel processing on measure... [more]

In summary, it is crucial to remember that we observed differences between the standard digital hearing instruments and those built on a platform of parallel processing on measures of performance in background noise and complex listening situations. While standard instruments will use single pieces of information in trying to predict the auditory environment, Oticon Syncro uses parallel processing to analyze multiple processing options and select the best solution. The underlying processing strategy is to maximize the speech-to-noise ratio at all times and thereby optimize speech understanding.

DOI 10.1097/01.HJ.0000286116.92711.77
Citations Scopus - 2
2004 Flynn MC, Schmidtke T, 'Benefits of bimodal stimulation for adults with a cochlear implant', COCHLEAR IMPLANTS, 1273 227-230 (2004)
DOI 10.1016/j.ics.2004.08.040
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 8
2004 Flynn MC, Davis PB, Pogash R, 'Multiple-channel non-linear power hearing instruments for children with severe hearing impairment: long-term follow-up', INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AUDIOLOGY, 43 479-485 (2004)
DOI 10.1080/14992020400050061
Citations Scopus - 13Web of Science - 10
2004 Flynn MC, Austin N, Flynn TS, Ford RPK, Buckland L, 'Universal Newborn Hearing Screening introduced to NICU infants in Canterbury Province, New Zealand', New Zealand Medical Journal, 117 (2004)

Aims: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) is being implemented worldwide as an effective method of early identification of hearing loss. The impact of delayed detection of ... [more]

Aims: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening (UNHS) is being implemented worldwide as an effective method of early identification of hearing loss. The impact of delayed detection of sensorineural hearing loss is a major lifelong impairment. The aim of the study was to assess the feasibility of introducing universal newborn hearing screening over the 12-month period in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Christchurch Women's Hospital, and to assess the costs, and resources required. Methods: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening was conducted over a 12 month period in the Neonatal Service of Christchurch Women's Hospital. Throughout the implementation period, data were collected to monitor and benchmark against World's best practice. Results: During the 12 months of the study, 435 babies were screened for hearing loss in the Neonatal Service at Christchurch Women's Hospital. Of these babies, 19 (4.37%) were referred for diagnostic 'auditory brainstem response' ABR testing to confirm hearing loss. Two babies were confirmed with hearing loss, with only one baby exhibiting a known risk factor for deafness. This resulted in a positive predictive index of 10.53%. Conclusions: This study highlights that UNHS can be implemented efficiently and cost-effectively within the Neonatal Service of a New Zealand Hospital. The results were consistent with best practice, and show the benefits of UNHS against 'at risk' screening. The ultimate success of this study will be in the implementation of UNHS across New Zealand. © NZMA.

Citations Scopus - 5
2003 Flynn MC, Dowell RC, 'Effects of Background Noise and Reverberation on the Aided Speech Perception in Adults with a Severe or Severe-to-profound Hearing Impairment', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology, 25 63-73 (2003)

The effects of three types of background noise (multi-talker speech babble, cafeteria noise and speech noise) and two levels of reverberation (0.5 s and 1.0 s) on open-set sentenc... [more]

The effects of three types of background noise (multi-talker speech babble, cafeteria noise and speech noise) and two levels of reverberation (0.5 s and 1.0 s) on open-set sentence recognition by 20 adults with severe sensorineural hearing impairment (PTA = 61-80 dB HL) and 14 adults with severe-to-profound sensorineural hearing impairment (PTA = 81-100 dB HL) were investigated. Open-set sentences were presented at 70 dB SPL with noise levels adjusted for each participant to reduce ceiling and floor effects. The results indicated that, for adults with a severe hearing impairment, the four-talker babble had significantly (p < .05) higher speech recognition scores than the speech weighted noise or the cafeteria noise conditions. No significant differences between masking conditions were found for the adults with a severe-to-profound hearing impairment. An increase in reverberation time did not result in a significant (p > .05) decrease in speech perception score. The results of this study only partially support the assertion that ecologically valid tests of speech perception should include interference representative of the spectral and temporal characteristics of that found in external environments.

Citations Scopus - 1
2003 Kennedy EJ, Flynn MC, 'Training phonological awareness skills in children with Down syndrome', RESEARCH IN DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, 24 44-57 (2003)
DOI 10.1016/S0891-4222(02)00168-3
Citations Scopus - 30Web of Science - 26
2003 Flynn M, Cai Y, Baxter DA, Crow T, 'A computational study of the role of spike broadening in synaptic facilitation of Hermissenda.', Journal of computational neuroscience, 15 29-41 (2003)
DOI 10.1023/a:1024418701765
2003 Kennedy EJ, Flynn MC, 'Early phonological awareness and reading skills in children with Down syndrome.', Down's syndrome, research and practice : the journal of the Sarah Duffen Centre / University of Portsmouth, 8 100-109 (2003)

Increasingly, children with Down syndrome receive literacy instruction with the expectation of acquiring functional reading skills. Unfortunately, little is known about the proces... [more]

Increasingly, children with Down syndrome receive literacy instruction with the expectation of acquiring functional reading skills. Unfortunately, little is known about the processes underlying literacy skills in this special population. Phonological awareness contributes to literacy development in typically developing children, however, there is inconclusive evidence about these skills in younger children with Down syndrome. 9 children with Down syndrome (5.6-8.10 years) participated in this investigation. Due to the paucity of standardised phonological awareness measures for children with special needs, in particular children with Down syndrome, a variety of tasks were adapted from the literature. The assessment battery examined the skills of phonological awareness, literacy, speech production, expressive language, hearing acuity, speech perception, and auditory-visual memory. The results suggest that children with Down syndrome are at risks for reading acquisition difficulties due to reduced phonological awareness skills. These deficits are in addition to delays caused by reduced cognitive skills. Only one of the participants was able to demonstrate rhyme awareness, which may have been due to task effects. Written word recognition ability was correlated with tests of phonemic awareness, and error analysis of the spelling and non-word reading tasks suggested grapheme-phoneme connections deficits. Further research is needed to determine the best methods of assessment and intervention for phonological awareness in children with Down syndrome.

DOI 10.3104/reports.136
Citations Scopus - 21
2003 Clendon S, Flynn MC, Coombes T, 'Facilitating speech and language development in children with cochlear implants using computer technology', Cochlear Implants International, 4 119-136 (2003)

Little research exists to support the use of computer software with children with cochlear implants. The present study sought to address this deficit and investigate the efficacy ... [more]

Little research exists to support the use of computer software with children with cochlear implants. The present study sought to address this deficit and investigate the efficacy of using computer technology to facilitate the speech and language skills of five children with cochlear implants. Participants received 8 months of intervention focusing on the development of speech production and phonological awareness skills using the SpeechViewer III and Earobics computer software programs. Statistically significant gains were achieved in speech production, receptive language, syllabic and phonemic awareness, and non-word reading. Findings suggest that the use of computer software may be an efficient method for improving the speech and language skills of children with cochlear implants.

DOI 10.1002/cii.73
Citations Scopus - 3
2003 Clendon S, Flynn MC, Coombes T, 'Facilitating speech and language development in children with cochlear implants using computer technology.', Cochlear implants international, 4 119-136 (2003)
DOI 10.1179/cim.2003.4.3.119
2002 Bennetts LK, Flynn MC, 'Improving the classroom listening skills of children with Down syndrome by using sound-field amplification.', Down's syndrome, research and practice : the journal of the Sarah Duffen Centre / University of Portsmouth, 8 19-24 (2002)

Many children with Down syndrome have fluctuating conductive hearing losses further reducing their speech, language and academic development. It is within the school environment w... [more]

Many children with Down syndrome have fluctuating conductive hearing losses further reducing their speech, language and academic development. It is within the school environment where access to auditory information is crucial that many children with Down syndrome are especially disadvantaged. Conductive hearing impairment which is often fluctuating and undetected reduces the child's ability to extract the important information from the auditory signal. Unfortunately, the design and acoustics of the classroom leads to problems in extracting the speech signal through reduced speech intensity due to the increased distance of the student from the teacher in addition to masking from excessive background noise. One potential solution is the use of sound-field amplification which provides a uniform amplification to the teacher's voice through the use of a microphone and loudspeakers. This investigation examined the efficacy of sound-field amplification for 4 children with Down syndrome. Measures of speech perception were taken with and without the sound-field system and found that the children perceived significantly more speech in all conditions where the sound-field system was used (p < .0001). Importantly, listening performance with the sound-field system was not affected by reducing the signal-to-noise ratio through increasing the level of background noise. In summary, sound-field amplification provides improved access to the speech signal for children with Down syndrome and as a consequence leads to improved classroom success.

DOI 10.3104/reports.124
Citations Scopus - 21
2002 Flynn MC, Kennedy EJ, Johns J, Stanbridge R, 'Hearing and vision loss within residential care facilities - the need for improved service delivery', AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING, 21 141-144 (2002)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2002.tb00435.x
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2002 Welahm NV, Flynn MC, 'Developing, implementing, and evaluating a hearing screening programme in the speech-language pathology clinic setting', International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 4 23-31 (2002)

Conducting hearing screening is one of the many important functions of the speech-language pathologist. Often, inadequate consideration is given to the acoustic environment in whi... [more]

Conducting hearing screening is one of the many important functions of the speech-language pathologist. Often, inadequate consideration is given to the acoustic environment in which screening is conducted and the impact of this environment upon results. This study examines the establishment of a hearing screening protocol at the University of Canterbury. Two phases of this study are reported: (a) an evaluation of the proposed screening environment and the development of screening protocols and (b) the screening of 586 participants over a 2-year period and validation of 120 participants by an audiologist. Initial results indicated that ambient noise levels in each speech-language pathology clinic room exceeded American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) (1985) criteria at 500 Hz, necessitating an increase in testing level from 20 dB HL to 25 dB HL at this frequency. Screening data indicated that 80.5% of participants passed the test screening battery. Sensitivity and specificity were 73.1 and 91.2%, respectively. Further data analysis suggested that discontinuing hearing screening within two clinic rooms may further increase sensitivity and specificity. Consequently, careful evaluation of the environment and validation of results should be conducted to ensure the efficacy of any hearing screening programme. © 2002 Informa UK Ltd All rights reserved: reproduction in whole or part not permitted.

DOI 10.1080/14417040210001669201
2001 Jury MA, Flynn MC, 'Auditory and vestibular sequelae to traumatic brain injury: a pilot study', NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL JOURNAL, 114 286-288 (2001)
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 27
1999 Flynn MC, Dowell RC, 'Speech perception in a communicative context: An investigation using question answer pairs', JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, 42 540-552 (1999)
DOI 10.1044/jslhr.4203.540
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
1998 Flynn MC, Dowell RC, Clark GM, 'Aided speech recognition abilities of adults with a severe or severe-to-profound hearing loss', JOURNAL OF SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING RESEARCH, 41 285-299 (1998)
DOI 10.1044/jslhr.4102.285
Citations Scopus - 19Web of Science - 12
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Conference (2 outputs)

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2005 Flynn M, Flynn T, Gregory M, 'Benefits of personal FM systems for children using cochlear implants', Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Symposium on Cochlear Implant and Related Sciences, Hong Kong, PEOPLES R CHINA (2005)
1996 Flynn M, Dowell R, Clark G, 'Speech perception of hearing aid users versus cochlear implantees', COCHLEAR IMPLANTS, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (1996)

Patent (13 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Flynn MC, Fitting of hearing devices (2016)
2016 Flynn MC, Methods, Systems, and Devices for Determining Binaural Correction Factors (2016)
2016 Flynn MC, Prosthesis state and feedback path based parameter measurement (2016)
2016 Flynn MC, Bone conduction device support (2016)
2015 Flynn MC, Signal Processing for Hearing Prostheses (2015)
2014 Flynn MC, Fitting a Bilateral Hearing Prosthesis System (2014)
2013 Flynn MC, Method and system for configuration of a medical device that stimulates a human physiological system (2013)
2013 Flynn MC, Determining Control Settings for a Hearing Prosthesis (2013)
2013 Flynn MC, Acoustic Prescription Rule Based on an In Situ Measured Dynamic Range (2013)
2011 Flynn MC, Hearing prosthesis having an on-board fitting system (2011)
2010 Flynn MC, Hearing aid with memory space for functional settings and learned settings, and programming method thereof (2010)
2010 Flynn MC, Equipment for fitting a hearing and to the specific needs of a hearing impaired individual and software for use in a fitting equipment for fitting a hearing aid (2010)
2009 Flynn MC, Adaptive hearing device and method for providing a hearing aid (2009)
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Report (6 outputs)

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2015 Flynn MC, 'The clinical investigations behind the Smart and Small Baha 5 Sound processor', Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, 6 (2015)
2015 Flynn MC, Fyrlund H, 'Design concept and technological considerations for the new Baha Softband', Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, 3 (2015)
2015 Flynn MC, 'Smart and small - innovative technologies behind the Cochlear Baha 5 Sound Processor', Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, 7 (2015)
2014 Flynn MC, 'Cochlear Baha Attract System: summary of clinical results and benefits', Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, 4 (2014)
2014 Hedin A, Andersson J, Agat T, Hoffmann J, Flynn MC, 'Clinical study of the new Cochlear Baha 4 sound processor', Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB, 4 (2014)
2014 Hoffmann J, Andersson J, Agat T, Hedin A, Flynn MC, 'Hearing the benefits of the Cochlear wireless mini microphone for users of the Cochlear Baha 4 Sound Processor', Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions, 7 (2014)
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Professor Mark Flynn

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