Professor Brian C J Moore FMedSci, FRS

Visiting Professor, Vision & Eye Research Unit

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Department:School of Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

Professor Moore's research focuses on the perception of sound by people with normal and impaired hearing, and on the design and fitting of hearing aids.

Auditory Perception Group, University of Cambridge

Background

A model of the perception of loudness, developed in Professor Moore's laboratory, has formed the basis for an American National Standard (ANSI) and an International (ISO) standard. Meanwhile, a test for diagnosing 'dead regions' in the cochlea, also developed in Professor Moore's laboratory, has been implemented in the audiometers of major manufacturers and is in use in more than 1,500 audiology clinics around the world. The manufacturer of a novel hearing aid has adopted a method for fitting hearing aids developed by Professor Moore.

Professor Moore has published over 550 refereed journal articles.

Research interests

  • The perception of sound
  • Mechanisms of normal hearing and hearing impairments
  • Models of auditory processes, especially loudness and masking
  • Relationship of auditory abilities to speech perception
  • Design and fitting of signal processing hearing aids for sensorineural hearing loss
  • Cochlear implants
  • Changes in sensory processing following vision loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Hyperacusis.

Professor Moore's area of research is psychoacoustics, broadly defined as the perception of sound, he studies both normal hearing and hearing loss, especially hearing loss caused by dysfunction of the cochlea and auditory nerve. Professor Moore applies the knowledge obtained from basic research to develop models of auditory processes and to develop methods for the design and fitting of hearing aids and cochlear implants. Professor Moore has had extensive collaborations with hearing aid manufacturers and manufacturers of mobile telephones (Nokia and Samsung).

Areas of research supervision

  • Hearing
  • Hearing loss
  • Hearing aids
  • Cochlear implants
  • Diagnostic tests of hearing
  • Auditory modelling

Professor Moore has supervised 28 PhD and MPhil students since 1981.

Teaching

  • Auditory perception
  • Perception

Qualifications

  • MA, Cambridge
  • PhD, Cambridge

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Associate Editor, Hearing Research
  • Editorial Board, Trends in Hearing
  • Trustee, Action on Hearing Loss
  • Patron, British Acoustic Neuroma Association
  • President, Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2015-2018, Machine learning for hearing aids: Intelligent processing and fitting. EPSRC. £565,347.
  • 2015-2018, Optimising the number of channels in multi-channel compression hearing aids. The H.B. Allen Charitable Trust. £225000.
  • Consultant for Earlens Corp. (USA)

Honours and awards

  • 1983 - Awarded the T.S. Littler prize of the British Society of Audiology for my book "An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing".
  • 1985 - Elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.
  • 1994 - Van Houten Fellow at the Institute for Perception Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
  • 1995 - Guest of honour at the International Conference on Hearing Aids, Iowa, U.S.A.
  • 1995 - Elected President of the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals (UK).
  • 1997 - Elected as an Honorary Member of the Belgian Society of Audiology in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the field of audiology”
  • 1999 - Elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists for “outstanding contributions to audiology”.
  • 2001 - Elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FmedSci).
  • 2002 - Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).
  • 2003 - Received the Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America in Psychological and Physiological acoustics.
  • 2003 - Gave the Carhart memorial lecture at the annual meeting of the American Auditory Society. Received a plaque for “Significant and lifelong contributions to the understanding of human hearing”.
  • 2004 - Received the first "International award in hearing" from the American Academy of Audiology.
  • 2006 - Awarded the T.S. Littler prize of the British Society of Audiology for the best academic contribution to audiology.
  • 2008 - Received the 2008 “Award of Merit” from the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.
  • 2008 - Received the “Hugh Knowles Prize for Distinguished Achievement” from Northwestern University.
  • 2010 - Gave the Distinguished Heyser Memorial Lecture to the Audio Engineering Society.
  • 2010 - Elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
  • 2013 - Awarded the Littler Lectureship of the British Society of Audiology.
  • 2013 - Received a Chairman’s Award from the British Society of Audiology for “Outstanding contributions to our understanding of auditory perception and to the training of new hearing scientists”.
  • 2013 - Received an award from the Association of Independent Hearing Healthcare Professionals for “Outstanding services to audiology”
  • 2014 - Received the Gold Medal from the Acoustical Society of America “For leadership in research on human hearing and its clinical applications”.
  • 2014 - Rated by “Expertscape” as one of the top 10 experts in hearing loss in the world.
  • 2014 - Appointed as Visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2015 - Received an Honorary Doctorate from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.
  • 2015 - Appointed as Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland, Australia.
  • 2016 - Elected a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society.

Selected recent publications

Moore, B. C. J. (2016) Effects of age and hearing loss on the processing of auditory temporal fine structure, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 894, 1-8.

Moore, B. C. J. (2016) Effects of sound-induced hearing loss and hearing aids on the perception of music, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, 64, 112-123.

Moore, B. C. J. (2016) A review of the perceptual effects of hearing loss for frequencies above 3 kHz, International Journal of Audiology, 55, 707-714.

Moore, B. C. J., Glasberg, B. R., Varathanathan, A. and Schlittenlacher, J. (2016) A loudness model for time-varying sounds incorporating binaural inhibition, Trends in Hearing, 20, 1-16.

Moore, B. C. J., Kolarik, A., Stone, M. A. and Lee, Y.-W. (2016) Evaluation of a method for enhancing interaural level differences at low frequencies, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 140, 2817-2828.

Moore, B. C. J. and Sek, A. (2016) Comparison of the CAM2A and NAL-NL2 hearing-aid fitting methods for participants with a wide range of hearing losses, International Journal of Audiology, 55, 93-100.

Moore, B. C. J. and Sek, A. P. (2016) Preferred compression speed for speech and music and its relationship to sensitivity to temporal fine structure, Trends in Hearing, 20, 1-15.

Aazh, H. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Usefulness of self-report questionnaires for psychological assessment of patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis and patients' views of the questionnaires, International Journal of Audiology, 56, 483-492.

Füllgrabe, C., Harland, A. J., Sek, A. P. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Development of a method for determining binaural sensitivity to temporal fine structure, International Journal of Audiology, 56, 926-935.

Füllgrabe, C. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Evaluation of a method for determining binaural sensitivity to temporal fine structure (TFS-AF test) for older listeners with normal and impaired low-frequency hearing, Trends in Hearing, 21, 1-14.

Jurado, C., Gallegos, P., Gordillo, D. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) The detailed shapes of equal-loudness-level contours at low frequencies, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 142, 3821-3832.

Kolarik, A., Scarfe, A. C., Moore, B. C. J. and Pardhan, S. (2017) Blindness enhances auditory obstacle circumvention: Assessing echolocation, sensory substitution, and visual-based navigation, PLoS One, 12, e017575.

Kolarik, A. J., Cirstea, S., Pardhan, S. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Auditory spatial representations of the world are compressed in blind humans, Experimental Brain Research, 235, 597-606.

Kolarik, A. J., Raman, R., Moore, B. C. J., Cirstea, S., Gopalakrishnan, S. and Pardhan, S. (2017) Partial visual loss affects self-reports of hearing abilities measured using a modified version of the Speech, Spatial, and Qualities of Hearing Questionnaire, Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article 561.

Salorio-Corbetto, M., Baer, T. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Evaluation of a frequency-lowering algorithm for adults with high-frequency hearing loss, Trends in Hearing, 1-23, (in press).

Thwaites, A., Schlittenlacher, J., Nimmo-Smith, I., Marslen-Wilson, W. D. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Tonotopic representation of loudness in the human cortex, Hearing Research, 344, 244-254.

Zorila, T.-C., Stylianou, Y., Flanagan, S. and Moore, B. C. J. (2017) Evaluation of near-end speech enhancement under equal-loudness constraint for listeners with normal-hearing and mild-to-moderate hearing loss, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141, 189-196.

Recent presentations and conferences

Lee, Y. W. & Moore, B. C. J. (2015). Parameter-based binaural hearing aid algorithms to improve speech intelligibility and localization in complex environments. 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Milan, Italy, 5585-5588.

Léger, A., Heinz, M. G., Braida, L. D. & Moore, B. C. J. (2015). Sensitivity to interaural time differences in envelope and fine structure, individually and in combination. ARO 38th Annual Midwinter Meeting, Baltimore, MD, Abstract PS-703.

Moore, B. C. J. (2015). Effects of sound-induced hearing loss and hearing aids on the perception of music. AES 58th International Conference, Aalborg, Denmark, 1-8.

Zorila, T.-C., Flanagan, S., Moore, B. C. J. & Stylianou, Y. (2016). Effectiveness of near-end speech enhancement under equal-loudness and equal-level constraints. Interspeech, San Francisco, CA, USA, 126-130.

Media experience

Professor Moore has been interviewed about his work by BBC radio and has appeared in TV documentaries.