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You May Go Blind...but Your Brain Doesn't!

April 7, 2015 2:30 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Restoring sight is tricky business, and this approach turns a blind eye to traditional rehabilitation for vision loss. Once the optic nerve is rendered useless, sadly there’s not much that can be done to regain vision. Sure, a bionic eye might...

First FDA-Registered Hearing Aid Smartphone App

April 1, 2015 10:17 am | by Jacoti | News | Comments

Jacoti bvba announced the US release of Jacoti ListenApp, the first FDA registered and CE...

Designing Integrated Circuits for Better Hearing Aids

March 31, 2015 9:23 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher is developing a more...

Medtronic Completes Acquisition of Sophono

March 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic plc announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Sophono, Inc., a...

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Language Video Technology Improves Communication with Hearing-Impaired

March 23, 2015 4:03 pm | by Harris Health System | News | Comments

Harris Health System is now using sign language video technology to better communicate with its hearing-impaired and hard-of-hearing patients. Connecting patients with physicians and nurses in a timely and convenient manner is one of the driving...

Photo Etching: Stimulating Innovation in Medical Product Design

March 13, 2015 11:26 am | by Albert Tsang, Technical Manager, Precision Micro | Precision Micro, Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Across industry, there is a concerted and accelerating trend towards miniaturization, and nowhere more so than in the medical device sector, where demand for minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment devices is growing exponentially...

Hearing Aids Tune into a Wireless World

March 11, 2015 11:25 am | by Aidan Moore, Applications Engineer, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

These are exciting times for hearing aid technology. If you haven’t looked at what’s available in hearing aids recently, you may be surprised to find a level of sophistication that was missing in previous generations. In fact, an increasing...

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Cochlear Implants Give Boy with Down Syndrome New Lease on Life

March 6, 2015 3:42 pm | by Stacy Finz, Stanford Children's Health | News | Comments

Born profoundly deaf, Joshua Copen, 5, has learned to talk and hear with the help of cochlear implants, which many doctors would consider an unconventional approach for a child with Down syndrome. There was something wrong with Joshua Copen’s...

Plastic Mold Non-Surgically Corrects Infant Ear Deformities

March 3, 2015 2:31 pm | by Weill Cornell Medical College | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has improved a non-surgical procedure that safely and effectively corrects newborn ear deformities in just two weeks - a drastically...

First 'Made for iPhone' Custom Hearing Aid

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Beltone, a leader in hearing aids for the past 75 years, announced today the launch of the Beltone Legend hearing aid, which features new technology and hearing innovations that make it the most advanced and versatile hearing aid available...

Adjustable Prosthetic Among Pediatric Award Winners

February 20, 2015 9:27 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Five companies were chosen to receive $50,000 each to support of new products that fill unmet pediatric needs. These five winners, named on Feb. 12, were deemed the most promising out of 31 submissions and 12 finalists in the National Capital...

Device to Help Deaf Children Detect Sounds

February 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

At age 3, Angelica Lopez is helping to break a sound barrier for deaf children. Born without working auditory nerves, she can detect sounds for the first time — and start to mimic them — after undergoing brain surgery to implant a device...

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Auditory Brainstem Implant for Children Born without Hearing Nerve

February 17, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Southern California - Health Sciences | News | Comments

A multi-institutional team of hearing and communication experts led by the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) is breaking sound barriers for children born without a hearing nerve in a clinical trial...

Using Smartphone Technology to Improve Hearing Devices

February 6, 2015 3:32 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Many scientists agree: The smartphone offers many applications and has become one of the most sophisticated technologies out there. With the support of a $522,000, two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, a UT Dallas team wants to...

3 Awards for Medical Devices Developed for Children

February 4, 2015 10:39 am | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | News | Comments

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) announces its first three awards to companies developing new medical devices for children. Funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and based at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia...

'Bending' Acoustic and Elastic Waves for Medical Applications

January 30, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered “elastic” waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent...

SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:37 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet...

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3D Printed Tissue for Treacheal Reconstruction

January 27, 2015 11:51 am | by Society of Thoracic Surgeons | News | Comments

Three-dimensional (3D) printing can effectively create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells for use in complex tracheal reconstruction, according to a proof of concept study abstract released today at the 51st Annual...

Cochlear Implant Users Can Still Feel the Beat in Music

January 26, 2015 10:29 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | News | Comments

People who use cochlear implants for profound hearing loss do respond to certain aspects of music, contrary to common beliefs and limited scientific research, says a research team headed by an investigator at Georgetown University Medical...

Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

January 23, 2015 1:12 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | SurModics, Inc. | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization...

Hearing-Aid 'Intervention' Offers Guidance for Adjusting to Devices

January 21, 2015 2:16 pm | by University of Missouri - Columbia | News | Comments

When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. Ambient noises such as air conditioners...

Words in the Mouth: Hearing with Your Tongue

January 20, 2015 9:28 am | by Kortny Rolston, Colorado State University | News | Comments

In the future, those with substantial hearing loss may no longer need a doctor to surgically implant a cochlear device into their ear to restore their sense of sound. If researchers at Colorado State University are successful, they may just...

The Pulse: 3-D Printing a Smartphone Microscope and an Invisible Hearing Aid

January 15, 2015 9:02 am | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we're measuring biometric information with an adhesive patch, 3-D printing a microscope for your smartphone, relieving pain without drugs, and using an invisible hearing aid...             

A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Ears

January 7, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Trying to have a conversation in a noisy, crowded room amid a cacophony of voices is difficult enough for someone with healthy hearing. This situation becomes torturous for someone who wears a hearing aid. Every sound is amplified, and instead...

Communication Device Aids the Deaf and Hearing Impared

December 23, 2014 9:39 am | by MotionSavvy | News | Comments

MotionSavvy, makers of UNI, is announcing that the company has exceeded its crowdfunding campaign goal on Indiegogo. The breakthrough device aiming to change the way Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals communicate with the rest of the world...

Researcher 3D Prints LED onto Contact Lens

December 16, 2014 11:15 am | by John Sullivan, Office of Engineering Communications, Princeton | News | Comments

As part of a project demonstrating new 3D printing techniques, Princeton researchers have embedded tiny light-emitting diodes into a standard contact lens, allowing the device to project beams of colored light. Michael McAlpine, the lead researcher...

Smart Materials Help to Reduce Brain Damage Risk

December 15, 2014 11:32 am | by Nottingham Trent University | News | Comments

Inventors at Nottingham Trent University are using smart materials to develop a low-cost steerable medical device to help doctors insert a life-saving breathing tube into a patient’s windpipe to provide oxygen in emergency situations. The steerable...

Engineering Newswire 116: World's Smallest Form B Reed Switch

November 19, 2014 10:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot ...            

Revolution in Reed Switch Technology

November 19, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D | News | Comments

Many medical applications, such as pacemakers and hearing aids, require reliable, battery saving reed switches. That is why HSI Sensing developed the world’s smallest Form B reed switch. According to the company, the HSR-376 is the ... 

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