In 2011, following a successful career in media, Carolyn set her sights on improving access to children’s hearing screening. Securing funding from the NSW government and in collaboration with the National Acoustic Laboratories, the research arm of Australian Hearing, Carolyn established Sound Scouts - a digital, game based solution to detect hearing loss in children.
In 2015 Carolyn secured a NSW Medical Devices Fund Grant for $1.1million enabling the continued development and commercialisation of Sound Scouts. In 2016 Carolyn was recognised as one of the AFR Westpac 100 Women of Influence for her innovative contributions to hearing health and Sound Scouts won Gold at the Australian Computer Society Digital Disruptor Awards.
In March 2017 Carolyn represented Australia as a Finalist in the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event in Austin, Texas and was honoured to win the Health and Wearables category. Carolyn was also nominated as a Finalist in the Innovation category for the 2017 XBOX Women in Games Awards and in November 2017 accepted the Award for Sound Scouts for Best Start-Up in the Data Innovation Awards.
Awards are fabulous but Carolyn says the best prize is being able to change the life of a child by detecting a hearing loss that may have prevented them from realising their potential.