Robert Mcleod

Research group:
Cognitive Science
Email:
McLeodRW@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 74007
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research focuses on the development of a cancellation system for bone conducted sound. Bone conducted hearing can be a useful aid for patients with conductive hearing loss. Sound is produced by vibrating the skull with a bone transducer placed behind the ear. One problem with this technology is that sound vibrations are transferred to the opposite ear through the skull making filtering of noise and pinpointing sound directionality very difficult.  My research investigates differences in the phase and amplitude of sounds conducted through the skull in order to be able to cancel the sound in the opposite ear. This will then allow the restoration of binaural hearing for patients who use bone conduction hearing devices.

Teaching summary

I am a SSC tutor for third year medical student projects.  I am a coordinator of the ear nose and throat emergency skills course run for junior doctors as well as a member of teacher faculty for the Doctors Academic revision course in for the Diploma in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery. I also supply research projects to students in Warwick University as part of their Medical Engineering degree.

Full list of publications

 

Research topics and related papers

My research focuses on the development of a cancellation system for bone conducted sound. Bone conducted hearing can be a useful aid for patients with conductive hearing loss. Sound is produced by vibrating the skull with a bone transducer placed behind the ear. One problem with this technology is that sound vibrations are transferred to the opposite ear through the skull making filtering of noise and pinpointing sound directionality very difficult.  My research investigates differences in the phase and amplitude of sounds conducted through the skull in order to be able to cancel the sound in the opposite ear. This will then allow the restoration of binaural hearing for patients who use bone conduction hearing devices.

Funding

2013: Cochlear Incorporated
2008: NESTA
2008: SPARKS Competition
2006 National Salters Prize
2006 Leap Competition

Research group

Cognitive Science

Research collaborators

Professor John Culling

Undergraduate education

2002-2008: MB BCh Medicine (Cardiff University)
2006-2007: BSc (Hon) Biomedical Engineering (Queen Mary University)

Postgraduate education

2011: Diploma in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (DOHNS)
2011: Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS)
2012: Diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe medicine (DMCC)

Awards/external committees

2013: Winner of ENT Wales Annual research presentation prize
2012: Winner of ENT Wales Annual research presentation prize

Employment

2013- Present: Welsh Clinical Academic Trainee in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
2010-2013: Core Surgical Trainee – Welsh Surgical deanery
2008-2010: Foundation Program Doctor Training - University Hospital of Wales