Boaz’ final year of his Master’s degree played a part in his drive to take his research further.
“In the final year we had to work in groups on different research projects and mine was about how COVID-19 affected tinnitus patients because of symptoms and vaccination, change in lifestyle and mental health, and how they would like to see tinnitus care improve in the future,” he says.
“This experience sparked my interest in the research field, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in this direction.”
Supervisor Professor Raj Shekhawat says four students are beginning their HDR journey with him in 2022, each project leading to greater outcomes for the audiology sector, and people with hearing conditions.
“We don’t have many PhD graduates in Audiology globally and Australia is no different, hence they are always in demand,” says Prof Shekhawat, who has an extensive network in academic and often connects his students with academics around the world.
“A PhD can open several lucrative career options with wider scope of growth and positive impact. Post-COVID-19, I am seeing a lot more audiologists contacting me for PhD plans locally and internationally.”
Boaz knows the next three years will be filled with both triumphs and challenges – one being the lengthy thesis that has occupied his doubts from the beginning.
“I have never done anything like this in my life, so just the thought of it (the thesis) shakes me to the core, especially as I come from a non-English speaking background,” he says.
“But I am sure no challenge cannot be overcome with determination, good time management, and support from my supervisory team.