National Centre for Audiology

Lab Members

Our Team

Mathias DietzMathias Dietz, Dr. rer. nat., is the Director of the Binaural Laboratory, Associate Professor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Faculty of Health Science, and Canada Research Chair in Binaural Hearing. He is a member of the National Centre for Audiology and an associate member of the Brain and Mind Institute. His research is focused on binaural and spatial hearing and the advancement of binaural technology for people who use cochlear implants and hearing aid devices. He completed his PhD and first postdoc at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany and a second postdoc at the University College London Ear Institute, London, UK. | 519-661-2111 X 88258

Ashlee BanyardAshlee Banyard received her first cochlear implant at age 5 and her second one sequentially at age 19. Since then, she knew that she wanted to be an audiologist and work in cochlear implant research. She is in her first year of a very competitive audiology program, and is excited about her new role as a research assistant for the Binaural Lab. Cochlear implants need to be programmed, and that is Ashlee’s primary responsibility. Using a computer interface, she can manipulate different parameters in cochlear implants and observe how these manipulations affect sound quality. Ashlee completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Western University. 

Ashlee BanyardSinthiya Thavam is a MSc Neuroscience student in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in Psychology and minor in Biology, at University of Waterloo. She is supervised by Dr. Mathias Dietz. Sinthiya's area of interest is the psycho-acoustics of binaural hearing. Her main thesis focus is to observe and investigate the just noticeable (jnd) interaural differences  of time (ITD) under various stimulus parameters like optimal amplitude, frequency and duration.