Gamers get an earful from Murdoch computer programmers August 21, 2012 An online video game created by Murdoch University’s School of Information Technology will help young people educate and protect themselves against the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss. Epic Ear Defence, which sees players do battle with waves of sound enemies in a virtual ear canal, is the work of lecturer Shri Rai and students Peter Riggs, Jonothan Tennant, Tyler Munro and Bach Nguyen – all four of whom have graduated with double majors in Computer Science and Games Technology. The initiative is part of Hearing Awareness Week and has been developed by Perth’s Ear Science Institute Australia (ESIA) with a $5000 community grant from Chevron. “One of my students, Peter Riggs, was working on a casual basis at ESIA. He heard they were interested in developing a game to educate young people on noise-induced hearing loss and I suggested we set it up as a Games Technology project,” Mr Rai said. “We put together a team and came up with the concept for Epic Ear Defence after a number of design iterations. The project is one of many that the School of Information Technology is helping create, and certainly put our students’ skills to the test.” Mr Rai said Epic Ear Defence’s success has led to plans for future joint projects between Murdoch and ESIA as well as the company employing Tyler Munro. ESIA Director Professor Marcus Atlas added that the project was a great example of unique work being done by his team and organisations such as Murdoch. He stressed its importance in reaching young people. “Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities, costing the Australian economy over $20 billion a year. Once hearing is damaged, it’s gone for good, but noise-induced hearing loss is eminently preventable,” Professor Atlas said. “Listening to loud music at maximum volume on a device like an iPod or similar devices can cause irreversible hearing damage in less than four minutes, and it’s so important to teach kids about how to protect their hearing.” The free game can be downloaded from ESIA’s Cheers for Ears website. Print This Post Media contact: Rob Payne Tel: (08) 9360-2491 | Mobile: | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: Teaching and Learning, Future Students, Domestic students, Murdoch achievements, Schools, School of Information Technology Tags: School of Information Technology, chevron, computer science, ear science institute australia, epic ear defence, gaming technology, hearing loss, shri rai, video games Comments (One response) Katie Scott August 21, 2012 What a fantastic application of our talent, knowledge and skills! Totally inspiring, well done to all involved 🙂 Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!