Elaine Saunders has spent her 40 year career as an advocate for people with hearing loss and aims to reduce the barriers to quality hearing care and hearing aids.
She is co-founder and Executive Chairman of Blamey Saunders hears, a profit-for purpose hearing aid and telehealth company. Elaine was co-founder and former CEO of Dynamic Hearing Pty Ltd (now part of Cirrus Logic), a company which supplies award winning digital signal processing for ultra-low power chips for the hearing aid and Bluetooth headset industry. In 2014 she co-founded Rotary’s “Recycled Sound” project for the collection and refurbishment of pre-loved hearing aids for those in need.
Elaine has had a life-long commitment to research and education in the hearing field. Elaine's father lost his hearing when Elaine was a young girl and he encouraged her to volunteer at the local Royal Derby School for Deaf Children (UK) when she was a teenager. Since that confronting experience, Elaine has consistently followed the path of finding ways to advance research and improve the lives of those with hearing loss. She obtained a Masters of Clinical Audiology at Manchester University, then a PhD on hearing loss in children at the University of Southampton. She has worked with some of the world's leading hearing researchers including Professor Graeme Clark, Professor Peter Blamey and the late Professor Dafydd Stephens.
Elaine is Chair of Swinburne University’s Innovation Precinct Advisory Board, and a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), the Australian Innovation Research Group (AIRG), and the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation. She is a former Non-Executive Director of Alfred Health.