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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...

Creating a Smarter Connection between Man and Machine

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

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new...

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...

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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...

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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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Helping the Hearing Impaired Hear TV Better Without Turning Up Volume for All

November 17, 2014 9:37 am | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Families often watch TV together, but what happens when one member has hearing difficulties? Usually the result is a compromise on listening volume that doesn't really satisfy anyone. To solve this problem, a University of Southampton researcher...

Photos of the Day: How 3D Printing Is Changing the Medical World

November 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | News | Comments

Technology-inspired discoveries that have a substantial effect on improving and significantly extending human life are just starting to enter the realm of everyday discussions. It’s no secret that some of these new-found revolutionary solutions are meeting resistance...

Why 3D Printing is a Real Game Changer in Modern Medicine

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Juste Semetaite, CGTrader | Blogs | Comments

No one wants to live fast and die young anymore. The new cult that’s spun the society into an obsessive quest for the modern elixir of extended life is the beating heart of the 21st century. It is, of course, the all-consuming desire to reverse...

Detecting Cancer with a Sponge on a String

November 5, 2014 3:43 pm | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Swallowing a sponge on a string could replace traditional endoscopy as an equally effective but less invasive way of diagnosing a condition that can be a forerunner of oesophageal cancer. The results of a Cancer Research UK trial involving more than...

Developing Devices for Disabled Patients with FDA Encouragement

November 4, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Center Director for Science, FDA, and Chief Scientist CDRH | Blogs | Comments

For people with disabilities, medical devices can offer a vital and potentially life-changing option. Take, for example, a patient who has had his arms amputated. Medications can treat phantom pain, but they can’t help that patient pick up a glass...

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A Safer, More Reliable Oxygen-Delivery Device

November 4, 2014 11:15 am | by Wake Forest Innovations | News | Comments

A new oxygen-delivery device with the potential to replace an apparatus that has been standard medical equipment for more than 60 years has been invented by R. Patrick Yeatts, M.D., an oculoplastic surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center...

When Hearing Aid Users Listen to Music, Less Is More

October 27, 2014 3:31 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings, published in the journal Ear and Hearing, suggest...

Reversing Blindness and Eliminating Deafness

October 24, 2014 10:59 am | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth...

Growing an Esophagus

October 17, 2014 11:05 am | by Children's Hospital Los Angeles | News | Comments

In a first step toward future human therapies, researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have shown that esophageal tissue can be grown in vivo from both human and mouse cells. The study has been published...

Photos of the Day: Hearing with Google Glass

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Captioning on Glass allows a person to speak into a phone. The text is then displayed on Glass. "Glass has its own microphone, but it's designed for the wearer," said Professor Thad Starner, who is also a technical lead for Glass. "The mobile...

Google Glass Software Provides Captions for Hard-of-Hearing Users

October 3, 2014 12:06 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly...

After Watching Disturbing Video, CPAP Usage Soars

September 26, 2014 9:40 am | by National Jewish Health | News | Comments

Like more than 20 million other Americans, John Brugger has been diagnosed with sleep apnea. He snored, tossed and turned and struggled to breathe during the night, which often left him not only exhausted the next day but also raised his risk...

Tonsil Stem Cells Could Someday Help Repair Liver Damage Without Surgery

September 24, 2014 2:01 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The liver provides critical functions, such as ridding the body of toxins. Its failure can be deadly, and there are few options for fixing it. But scientists now report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces a way to potentially...

'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

AT&S, Soundchip, and STMicroelectronics Craft Innovative Bionic Ear

September 16, 2014 10:07 am | by AT&S, Soundchip, STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

AT&S, a leader in advanced packaging solutions, Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based innovator in wearable sound technology, and STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications...

Cynosure Acquires Assets of RF Medical Device Manufacturer Ellman International

September 8, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cynosure, Inc., a leader in laser- and light-based aesthetic treatments for non-invasive and minimally invasive applications, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Ellman International, Inc. for approximately $13.2 million in...

APEX and ResMed Resolve Patent Disputes

September 5, 2014 2:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ResMed Inc. and APEX Medical Corp. have agreed to a confidential settlement resolving their outstanding patent disputes. Under the agreement, APEX has the right to sell and import globally its Wizard masks, as well as its XT and iCH flow generators...

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