Chi Yhun Lo

Role: PhD Student


Chi completed a Diploma in Music Industry (Technical Production) and spent 5 years as an audio engineer working on large-scale shows such as Sydney Festival. Moving away from entertainment, he completed a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2013; presented collaborative research work with the National Acoustic Laboratories to Parliament House; and received the Jury Prize for Best Presentation and Paper at the Australasian Conference for Undergraduate Research at ANU. In 2015 he completed a Master of Research (Linguistics), and is currently pursuing a PhD (Linguistics – Audiology section) at Macquarie University.

Chi’s skillset and research interests are multi-disciplinary, as evidenced by his involvement in a diverse set of projects:
• Investigation of the neural correlates of listening effort and cognitive load
• Melodic contour training for adult cochlear implant recipients
• Articulation of English vowels in running speech utilising MRI
• Evaluation of headphone transfer functions and its effect on spatial processing
• Acoustic phonetics in Australian English

• SPH399: Acoustics of Speech
• SPH312: Auditory Physiology and Psychoacoustics
• SPH308: Speech Physiology
• LING217: Phonetics and Phonology

Chi’s primary area of interest is the provision of training as a complementary means of (re)habilitation for individuals with a hearing impairment, with a focus on exploring the connection between music and language.

PhD title

Music training for hearing impaired children and its effect on speech perception, cognition, and social development

PhD Project

The aim of this PhD project is to use musical training as a means of improving listening ability for hearing impaired children (e.g. cochlear implant [CI] recipients, and hearing aid [HA] users). It is expected that musical training will provide benefits not just to music perception itself, but also generalise to the domains of language and cognition, while also providing an avenue for healthy social and emotional wellbeing. A major component of this project will be the development of a musical training program that can be used as part of clinical, rehabilitative practice.

PhD Supervisor

William F Thompson, Macquarie University

Valerie Looi, Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre