Answering the call
Macquarie was just eye-opening – it revealed a whole new career pathway for me as a researcher. I don’t know what I’d be doing without it.
Chi Yhun Lo
Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, 2013
Master of Research, 2015
Before coming to Macquarie University, I used to work as an audio engineer, mixing sound for live events. After a few years, though, I started investigating what else I could do with my life and came across the Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Macquarie.
I came here as a mature age student wanting to do clinical audiology, but you don’t really know what a career will be like until you’re in it. I’d previously done a placement in a clinical setting and found it to be quite routine.
It wasn’t until I did my PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) project with the National Acoustics Laboratories that I discovered how much fun a research role could be. You just jump around from project to project – there’s a lot of variety and you’re constantly learning.
My task was to investigate whether we could use a variety of headphones for a take-home training program to help remediate special processing disorder for children. This would have benefits for consumers in terms of increasing choice, while reducing cost and access barriers.
We were selected to present our findings at Parliament House in Canberra as a way to engage politicians with scientific research funding, and subsequently received the Jury Prize for Best Presentation and Paper at the Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research at ANU.
After completing my bachelor degree I went on to the Master of Research program in Linguistics and have been involved in multiple research projects. For my PhD, I am currently investigating how music training may enhance communication abilities for children with a hearing impairment.
The highlight for me during my undergraduate studies was being involved with some of the best and brightest academics and scientists at Macquarie and the National Acoustic Lab, and working in world-class facilities in the Australian Hearing Hub. I got to work side by side with Adjunct Professor Harvey Dillon, Director of Research at National Acoustic Laboratories, who literally wrote the definitive book on hearing aids.
As an undergraduate, sometimes you don’t realise what your opportunities are. Macquarie was just eye-opening – it revealed a whole new career pathway for me as a researcher. I don’t know what I’d be doing without it.
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