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Cochlear lands FDA clearance for Baha 4 bone conduction hearing

December 10, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Cochlear Ltd. said landed 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its Baha 4 attract system, a bone conduction hearing system. The Baha uses a system of magnets to conduct sound. A sound processor attached to an external magnet transmits sounds...

Researchers Develop New Technology to Study Hearing

December 4, 2013 11:08 am | by Cynthia McKelvey, Stanford | News | Comments

Stanford researchers have received Bio-X funding to develop a tiny moving probe to study the mechanical properties of sensory cells in the ear. Their research could lead to new treatments for hearing loss, and the probe may advance other...

Studying Hearing in a New Way

December 4, 2013 11:06 am | by Stanford University | Videos | Comments

Stanford researchers have received Bio-X funding to develop a tiny force probe to study the mechanical properties of sensory cells in the ear. Their research could lead to new treatments for hearing loss, and the force probe may enable other...

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Photo of the Day: Printing the Human Body

December 3, 2013 11:00 am | by PrinterInks | News | Comments

Using modified printer cartridges and extracted cells as the basis, scientists have a discovered a way in which to print human tissue. While this amazing concept is still at an early stage, the future of bioprinting (as it’s commonly known) will...

Computer Models of Neuronal Sound Processing in the Brain Lead to Cochlear Implant Improvements

December 2, 2013 1:47 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Children learning to speak depend on functional hearing. So-called cochlear implants allow deaf people to hear again by stimulating the auditory nerve directly. Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are working to overcome...

Engineering Newswire 67: Digital Lollipops Could Taste Turkey Text Messages

November 27, 2013 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re using X-ray vision, augmenting humans at Lockheed Martin, working in wastewater, and licking digital lollipops to taste turkey text messages ...          

Initial Success for New Tinnitus Treatment

November 21, 2013 10:05 am | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

UT Dallas researchers have demonstrated that treating tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, using vagus nerve stimulation-tone therapy is safe and brought significant improvement to some of the participants in a small clinical trial. Drs. Sven Vanneste...

Study Reveals Potential Breakthrough in Hearing Technology

November 18, 2013 11:31 am | by The Ohio State University | News | Comments

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background...

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Hearing Industries Association (HIA) Applauds Introduction of Federal Legislation to Help People with Hearing Loss Get the Hearing Aids They Need

November 14, 2013 4:22 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Hearing Industries Association (HIA) strongly supports the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Dean Heller (R-NV). This important legislation, S.1694, is a significant step in ensuring that...

11 Patents for New Sleep Apnea Implant Technology

November 8, 2013 10:46 am | by Nyxoah | News | Comments

Nyxoah, a Belgian-Israeli start-up company that develops a tiny implant for treating sleep apnea and snoring, has announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is issuing 11 patents for Nyxoah's ...     

Hearing Through Sight

November 7, 2013 10:51 am | by CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) | News | Comments

Cochlear implants allow adults who have become profoundly deaf to recover the ability to understand speech. However, recovery differs between individuals. Activating the visual regions of the brain has proved essential to the satisfactory recovery of ...

Mobile + Apps = Healthcare Future

October 31, 2013 3:57 pm | by IMS Health | News | Comments

This infographic offers highlights of a study that looks at the current state of consumer mobile apps in healthcare—the range of apps available and their functionality, the barriers that exist to their broad use, and what is needed to move apps to a more significant role in improved and cost-effective healthcare systems.

Ear Infection Diagnosis with a Smartphone

October 28, 2013 12:10 pm | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

A new, smartphone-enabled otoscope provides clear, transmittable images of the ear drum, or tympanic membrane, which someday may allow for ear infection diagnosis without a visit to the doctor's office, according to an abstract presented...

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5-Year Follow-Up of World's First Regenerated Trachea Transplant

October 23, 2013 2:09 pm | by Harvard Bioscience | News | Comments

Harvard Bioscience, Inc. and Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology jointly announce that five years after a 30-year-old woman was implanted with the world's first tissue-engineered trachea grown in a bioreactor she lives complication-free, according to ...

A Laboratory for All (Cleaning) Situations

October 21, 2013 4:37 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When it comes to cleanliness, we tend to think of "dust bunnies" cheerfully frolicking through the home, or perhaps of a vacuum cleaner designed to put an end to their merriment. But cleanliness is a topic of concern for automobile technicians, dental ...

Sonova Group Adopts Audio Precision APx511 Audio Analyzer for Worldwide Production Test of Hearing Devices

October 16, 2013 3:19 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, today announced a major customer win in the hearing health care industry.Citing the need for a reliable provider of fast, high quality production test equipment at a reasonable cost, Sonova...

World’s First 'Made for iPhone' Hearing Aid

October 16, 2013 12:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

GN ReSound announces ReSound LiNX, an entirely new premium hearing aid, taking Surround Sound by ReSound to an unprecedented level and further expanding its lead in connectivity. GN ReSound’s unique third generation 2.4 GHz wireless technology...

Bringing the Incredible Bionic Man to Life

October 11, 2013 2:59 pm | by Smithsonian Channel | Videos | Comments

Rich Walker, managing director of Shadow Robot Co. and the lead roboticist on the project, and James Pope race against the clock as they assemble the Bionic Man. The device parts hail from 17 manufacturers around the world. The Bionic Man...

Photos of the Day: The 'Bionic Man'

October 11, 2013 2:45 pm | by CBSNews24x7 | News | Comments

The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts...  

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes with Artificial Parts

October 11, 2013 2:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The term "bionic man" was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called "The Six Million Dollar Man" chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was rebuilt using artificial parts... 

Photo of the Day: Hearing Deafening Music

October 10, 2013 2:58 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants—technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech—hearing music remains extremely challenging...

New Strategy Lets Cochlear Implant Users Hear Music

October 10, 2013 10:36 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants—technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech—hearing music remains extremely challenging...

The Pulse: Peanut Butter & Urine Diagnose Diseases

October 10, 2013 9:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are diagnosing Alzheimers with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler, using urine to test for eye disease, and taking a look at how the government shutdown is inflicting long-term damage on ...   

5 Achievements that Haven't Won a Nobel Prize

October 6, 2013 11:45 am | by Malin Rising - Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcements of this year's Nobel Prize winners will start Monday with the medicine award and continue with physics, chemistry, literature, peace and economics. The secretive award committees never give away any hints in advance of who could win, but here's a look at five big scientific breakthroughs that haven't yet received a Nobel prize.

Decoding Sound's Source: Researchers Unravel Part of the Mystery

October 2, 2013 5:11 pm | by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

As Baby Boomers age, many experience difficulty in hearing and understanding conversations in noisy environments such as restaurants. People who are hearing-impaired and who wear hearing aids or cochlear implants are even more severely impacted.

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