National Centre for Audiology

Students all ears at TD Discovery Days

By Rebecca Henderson

Students in anechoic chamber(Storm Anderson, Grade 12 student at West Hill Secondary School)

London highschool students can impress their teachers and friends with easy hearing science tricks and facts after a hands-on hearing workshop on TD Discovery Days, May 6, 2016. Students acted as research participants and put their ears and brains to the test as they took turns trying to locate sounds in the largest echo-free room in Canada at the National Centre for Audiology’s anechoic chamber. “This workshop was the coolest workshop that I’ve been to at TD Discovery Days. The [anechoic chamber] was amazing,” said Storm Anderson, Grade 12 student at West Hill Secondary School. That’s great news to researcher Ewan Macpherson, Associate Professor, and Parvenah Kabirrah, PhD Candidate, who organized and led this workshop.

“Seeing and experiencing our labs can help high school students imagine careers as audiologists or researchers, and help them consider hearing programs at university,” said Macpherson. “These workshops not only introduce students to the complex science of hearing, and may also help students better understand the challenges of people who have hearing loss.”

This is the 19th year of TD’s Discovery Days at Western University. High school teachers, counsellors and students can learn more at

Students with KemarRose Menominee, grade 12 student at West Hill Secondary School and Sonja Knezic, student at Oakridge Secondary School (L) and Jacob Wolfe, grade 12 student at Wellington Heights Secondary School.

Student in the reverberation chamberDimuthu Jayatilaka, grade 9 student at Westdale Secondary School

Student in reverberation chamberMicah Kipfer, grade 11 student at Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School