Aaron Moberly Research
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Neurotology Fellowship Director, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Aaron.Moberly@osumc.edu
614-293-6926

Education:

Undergraduate, B.S. | August 1998 - May 2002
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Majors: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Minors: Chemistry, Spanish

Medical School, M.D. | August 2002 - May 2006
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Internship, General Surgery | July 2006 - June 2007
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Residency, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery | July 2007 - June 2011 
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

Fellowship, Neurotology | July 2011 - June 2013
The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Research Interests:

  • To examine the auditory, linguistic, and cognitive factors that contribute to variability in speech recognition outcomes for adults with cochlear implants. 
  • To develop novel rehabilitation interventions for adults with cochlear implants, targeting auditory, linguistic, and cognitive skills. 
  • To develop novel computer-assisted image analysis approaches to provide support to clinicians performing examinations of the ear using otoscopy.




Research Projects

Research Projects

Language and cognition for adults with cochlear implants

The aim of this study is to examine the auditory, linguistic, and cognitive factors that contribute to variability in speech recognition outcomes for adults with cochlear implants. Understanding these sources of variability should help us to predict outcomes preoperatively and to explain why some individuals do not perform well with an implant. 

Aural rehabilitation for adults receiving cochlear implants and experienced cochlear implant users

The aim of this study is to develop and test novel rehabilitation interventions for adults with cochlear implants, targeting auditory, linguistic, and cognitive skills. We predict that individualized rehabilitation plans that are tailored to individual patients' needs will optimize speech recognition outcomes.

Auto-scope software - automated otoscopy to diagnose ear pathology

The aim of this study is to develop novel computer-assisted image analysis approaches to provide support to clinicians performing examinations of the ear using otoscopy. This study uses an approved digital otoscope device to build a large database of images of ear pathology for use in automatic image analysis software development.

Additional Research

Internet-based auditory training program for cochlear implant patients
The aim of this study, in conjunction with Rush University, is to develop and test internet-based auditory training for cochlear implant users to optimize performance with their devices.
 
Research Accomplishments

Research Accomplishments

Current Research Support

K23DC015539 (AC Moberly)
04/01/2017 – 03/31/2022 9.0 calendar
NIH NIDCD $179,100
Variability in Speech Recognition for Adults with Cochlear Implants: Bottom-up and Top-down Factors
The major goals of this project are to examine the interactions of bottom-up and top-down processes used by adults with cochlear implants to recognize speech.

GRT00046148 (AC Moberly)
01/12/2017 – 12/31/2019 0.6 calendar
Cochlear Americas, Inc. $30,000
Clinician-guided aural rehabilitation for adults with cochlear implants
The major goals of this project are to evaluate the efficacy of clinician-guided aural rehabilitation in adult patients who will receive cochlear implants and to evaluate the efficacy of clinician-guided aural rehabilitation in adult patients who are experienced cochlear implant users but are experiencing suboptimal speech recognition performance. 
 

Publications

Moberly, A.C., Vasil, K.J., Wucinich, T.L., Safdar, N., Boyce, L., Roup, C., Holt, R.F., Adunka, O.F., Castellanos, I., Shafiro, V., Houston, D.M., Pisoni, D.B. (2018). How does aging affect recognition of spectrally degraded speech? Laryngoscope, in press.

Moberly, A.C., Vasil, K.J., Baxter, J., Ray, C. (2018). What to do when cochlear implant users plateau in performance: a pilot study of clinician-guided aural rehabilitation. Otology and Neurotology, in press.

Kramer, S., Vasil, K. J., Adunka, O. F., Pisoni, D. B., Moberly, A. C. (2018). Cognitive functions in adult cochlear implant users, cochlear implant candidates, and normal-hearing listeners. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology, in press.

Senaras, C., Moberly, A.C., Teknos, T., Essig, G., Elmaraghy, C., Taj-Schaal, N., Yua, L., Gurcan, M. (2018).  Detection of eardrum abnormalities using ensemble deep learning approaches.  Medical Imaging 2018: Computer-Aided Diagnosis 10575, 105751A.

Moberly, A.C., Patel, T.R., Castellanos, I. (2018). Relations between self-reported executive functioning and speech perception skills in adult cochlear implant users, Otology and Neurotology;39:250-7.

Moberly, A.C., Bates, C., Harris, M.S., & Pisoni, D.B. (2016). The enigma of poor performance by adults with cochlear implants. Otology and Neurotology;37:1522-1528.

Pisoni, D.B., Broadstock, A., Wucinich, T., Safdar, N., Miller, K., Hernandez, L., Vasil, K., Boyce, L., Davies, A., Harris, M.S., Castellanos, I., Xu, H., Kronenberger, W.G., & Moberly, A.C. (2018). Verbal learning and memory after cochlear implantation in postlingually deaf adults: some new findings with the CVLT-II. Ear and Hearing;39:720-45.

Moberly, A.C., Castellanos, I., Vasil, K.J., Adunka, O.F., & Pisoni, D.B. (2018). “Product” versus “process” measures in assessing speech recognition outcomes in adults with cochlear implants. Otology and Neurotology;39:e195-202.

Moberly, A.C., Harris, M.S., Boyce, L., Vasil, K., Wucinich, T., Pisoni, D.B., Baxter, J., Ray, C., & Shafiro, V. (2018) Relating quality of life to outcomes and predictors in adult cochlear implant users: are we measuring the right things? Laryngoscope;128:959-66.

Moberly, A.C., Houston, D.M., Harris, M.S., Adunka, O.F., & Castellanos, I. (2017). Verbal working memory and inhibition-concentration in adults with cochlear implants. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology;2:254-61.
 
Other Information

Other Information

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Division of Otology, Neurotology and  Cranial Base Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Courtesy Assistant Professor
Department of Speech and Hearing Science
The Ohio State University
 

Awards and Honors

2018 Biomedical Research Mentor of the Year Award, Landacre Research Honor Society, The Ohio State University
2018 Fellowship induction into Triological Society
2018 Harris P. Mosher Award for outstanding clinical thesis, Triological Society
2015 College of Medicine Faculty Achievement Award, The Ohio State University
2014 Dennis Klatt Memorial Award, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Acoustical Society of America
2014 Accepted after application into American Speech-Language-Hearing Association grantsmanship workshop, Lessons for Success, Rockville, Maryland.
2013 Accepted after application into NIH-sponsored mentoring program, “Mentoring for Junior Faculty in Otolaryngology and Communication Disorders."