Dr Robert Morse

Dr Robert Morse
Dr Robert Morse
Early Ears - The Fun Way to Test Your Child's Hearing
Early Ears - The fun way to test your child's hearing
Senior Lecturer on the following programmes
  • MSc Clinical Sciences
  • BSc Healthcare Sciences (Audiology)
  • BSc Audiology


School of Life & Health Sciences
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET

email: r.p.morse@aston.ac.uk 
Telephone:+44 (0) 121 204 4179
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 3886

Research Theme

Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre

Centre for Research in Vision and Hearing(CRVH)

Career History

  • 2011 to date Aston University Senior Lecturer in Audiology
  • 2006 to 2011 Aston University. Lecturer in Audiology
  • 2004 to 2006 University of Keele / University of Warwick. Research Fellow
  • 2001 to 2004 University of Keele / University of Liverpool. Research Fellow
  • 1997 to 2001 University of Keele. Research Fellow
  • 1992 to1997 University of Keele. Ph.D. “Studies of temporal coding for analogue cochlear implants using animal and computational models: benefits of noise”
  • 1991 to 1992 University of Keele. M.Sc. Machine Perception and Neurocomputing
  • 1990 to 1991 Marine Acoustics Limited.  Design Engineer involved in the electronic and mechanical design of remote underwater communication systems for civil and military applications.
  • 1988 to 1990 Gooch and Housego Ltd. Teaching Company Associate involved in the design of radio-frequency electronics for acousto-optic devices
  • 1984 to 1987 University of Reading, B.Sc. Cybernetics and Information Science


Teaching responsibilities

MSc Clinical Sciences

Year 2.  

  • HS2AR1: Adult Rehabilitation.  
  • HS1RP1: Research Project.

 Year 3

  • HS1RP1: Research Project.

BSc Healthcare Sciences

Year 2 

  • HS2AS1: Auditory Science (module convenor)
  • HS2AM2: Applied Physiological Measurement & Instrumentation (module convenor)
  • HS2RM1: Statistics and Research Methods (module convenor)

 Year 3

  • HS3RP1 Research Project (module convenor)

 BSc Audiology

Year 4

  • AY3DD1: Dissertation in Audiology (module convenor)

 FD Hearing Aid Audiology

Year 1

  • AY1FSA: Foundations in Auditory Sciences

 Year 2

  • AY2FAS: Auditory Sciences II (module convenor)

Other University Roles

  • Exams Officer for BSc Audiology, Hearing Aid Audiology FD, Clinical Sciences MSc, HealthCare Science BSc
  • Year 4 Tutor Audiology BSc
  • Chair of the LHS Ethics Committee 

 Professional Associations 

  • External examiner for Health Care Sciences BSc at Manchester University

Recent Funding

  • £390,657 from the EPSRC (EP/H000682/1) to investigate “The use of enhanced neural response imaging to get better cochlear implant fitting for children and adults”.  This is a three-year grant with Advanced Bionics (UK) Limited, the House Ear Institute (Los Angeles) and Selly Oak Hospital as partners (Started October 2009). 
  • £85,052 Industrial CASE studentship from the EPSRC (08002865) to enable Ms Meghna Patel to develop “An extended BKB sentence test appropriate for a wide range of speech perception abilities.”  This is a three-year grant with Advanced Bionics (UK) Limited as the industrial partner (Started October 2008). 
  • Principal applicant in a bid to Deafness Research UK (DRUK) for a Clinical Fellowship.  Through the success of this bid, Aston University was recognised as a “Centre of Excellence”.
  • £25,000 from the Technology Transfer Fund.  Co-applicant for a project to develop a device to prevent otic barotrauma during flight.  Awarded 2008.


Research Interests

  • Enhanced speech coding strategies for cochlear implants using stochastic signals
  • The application of information theory to get an objective outcome measure for cochlear implant design
  • Optimizing cochlear implant strategies for individual patients
  • Stochastic resonance
  • Computational modeling
  • Hearing research and more general sensory perception
  • Optimal neural coding
  • Cochlear implant fitting
  • The effect of flying on hearing
  • The development of speech tests

Research Interests Poster

Key Publications  

  • Morse, R.P., Evans, E.F., (1996) "Enhancement of vowel coding for cochlear implants by addition of noise" Nature Medicine, 2, 928-932.
  • Morse, R.P., Evans, E.F. (1999) “Additive noise can enhance temporal coding in a computational model of analogue cochlear implant stimulation” Hearing Research, 133, 107-119.
  • Morse, R.P., Meyer, G.F. (2000) “The practical use of noise to improve speech coding by analogue cochlear implants” Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, 11, 1885-1894.
  • Zeng, F.-G., Fu, Q.-J., Morse, R.P. (2000) “Human hearing enhanced by noise” Brain Research, 869, 251-255.
  • Stocks, N.G., Allingham, D., Morse, R.P. (2002) “The application of suprathreshold stochastic resonance to cochlear implant coding”, Fluctuation and Noise Letters, 2, L169-L181.
  • Morse, R.P., Evans, E.F. (2003) “The sciatic nerve of the toad Xenopus laevis as a physiological model of the human cochlear nerve”, Hearing Research, 182, 97-118.
  • Morse, R.P., Morse, P.F., Nunn, T.B., Archer, K, Boyle, P. (2006) “The effect of Gaussian noise on the threshold, dynamic range, and loudness of analogue cochlear implant stimuli”, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 8, 42-53.
  • Nikitin, A., Stocks, N.G., Morse, R.P. (2007) “Enhanced information transmission with signal dependent noise in an array of nonlinear elements”, Physical Review E, 75, id. 021121.
  • Nikitin, A.P., Stocks, N.G., Morse, R.P., McDonnell, M.D. (2009) “Neural Population Coding Is Optimized by Discrete Tuning Curves”, Physical Review Letters, 103, 138101.
  • Morse, R.P. (2013) “The Effect of Flying and Low Humidity on the Admittance of the Tympanic Membrane and Middle Ear System”, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 14, 623-633.

Patents Applied For and Held

  • A method using noise to enhanced cochlear implant coding (British Patent Office: 0407803.6 filed April 2004).
  • A method to prevent otic barotrauma during flight (British Patent Office: 0800893.0 accepted July 2008).


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