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General Electric backs Sonitus Medical with $10M loan

September 18, 2013 12:20 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

General Electric said its GE Capital arm lent $10 million to Sonitus Medical for its SoundBite tooth-based hearing aid. San Mateo, Calif.-based Sonitus plans to use the funds to expand commercialization of the SoundBite device, which uses bone conduction to transmit sound via the teeth, according to a press release.

Bill Gates, 5 Scientists Win Lasker Medical Prizes

September 9, 2013 12:23 pm | by Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Two scientists who illuminated how brain cells communicate, three researchers who developed implants that let deaf people hear and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates have won prestigious Lasker Awards for medical research and contributions to public health.

First Patient Implant of Stroke Treatment Device

August 28, 2013 10:53 am | by MicroTransponder | News | Comments

The Vivistim System has been developed to treat stroke patients that experience an upper-limb deficit following their stroke. These are patients that are unable to fully recover the use of their upper-limbs at least 6 months following their stroke. A United Kingdom based clinical trial is underway using the Vivistim System in the Glasgow and Newcastle areas.

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New Findings on How the Ear Hears Could Lead to Better Hearing Aids

August 21, 2013 9:44 am | by Cell Press | News | Comments

A healthy ear is much better at detecting and transmitting sound than even the most advanced hearing aid. But now researchers reporting in the August 20 issue of the Biophysical Journal, a Cell Press publication, have uncovered new insights into how the ear—in particular, the cochlea—processes and amplifies sound.

Cochlear Announces the Nucleus 6 System

August 14, 2013 2:15 pm | by Cochlear Limited | News | Comments

Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, has announced CE mark approval for Nucleus 6, its next generation cochlear implant sound processor. Nucleus 6 delivers industry first innovations designed to provide superior outcomes in a way that makes hearing a lot easier for the recipient – in the smallest sound processor on the market.

Cochlear Announces the Nucleus(R) 6 System -- Simply Smarter in Every Hearing Situation

August 8, 2013 3:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, has announced CE mark approval for Nucleus 6, its next generation cochlear implant sound processor. Nucleus 6 delivers industry first innovations designed to provide superior outcomes in a way that makes hearing a lot easier for the recipient -- in the smallest sound processor on the market.

Chips that Mimic the Brain

July 23, 2013 10:08 am | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

No computer works as efficiently as the human brain – so much so that building an artificial brain is the goal of many scientists. Neuroinformatics researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich have now made a breakthrough in this direction by understanding how to configure so-called neuromorphic chips to imitate the brain's information processing abilities in real-time.

Children with Ear Deformity May Need Intervention to Improve School Performance

July 23, 2013 9:50 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Children born with a complete absence of the external ear canal, even if only one ear is affected, are more likely than their peers to struggle in school, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.   

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Cook Medical Introduces Tissue Repair Technology

July 22, 2013 12:03 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Cook Medical launched a new treatment option today for rhinologists who treat patients that suffer from difficult-to-heal conditions in the nasal passages. The Biodesign ENT Repair Graft acts as an adjunct to aid in the natural healing process following nasal and sinus mucosal surgery.

Research Leads to Successful Restoration of Hearing and Balance

July 18, 2013 3:35 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

The sounds of success are ringing at Kansas State University through a research project that has potential to treat human deafness and loss of balance. Philine Wangemann, university distinguished professor of anatomy and physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and her international team have published the results of their study in the July issue of the journal PLOS Genetics.

Lantos Technologies lights up $5M

July 11, 2013 1:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Lantos Technologies lit up $5.1 million of a hoped-for $18.8 million funding round for its 3D ear canal-mapping device, according to a regulatory filing. The Wakefield, Mass.-based company reported that 18 un-named investors joined the equity and options round.

The Pulse: Achieving Sight Through Sound

July 11, 2013 11:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, a device that helps train the brain to turn sounds into images, detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar, biomedical applications for a new hydrogel, and a nanofiber mesh that treats tumors with both thermotherapy and chemotherapy.

3D-Printed Splint Saves Infant’s Life

July 11, 2013 10:38 am | by The Institute for Genomic Biology | News | Comments

Half a millennium after Johannes Gutenberg printed the bible, researchers printed a 3D splint that saved the life of an infant born with severe tracheobronchomalacia, a birth defect that causes the airway to collapse. While similar surgeries have been preformed using tissue donations and windpipes created from stem cells, this is the first time 3D printing has been used to treat tracheobronchomalacia—at least in a human.

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Toddler Who Received Lab-Made Windpipe Dies

July 8, 2013 4:13 pm | by Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died, three months after she became the youngest person to receive the experimental treatment. Hannah Warren died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, hospital spokeswoman Shelli Dankoff said.

CPAP Therapy Reduces Nightmares in Veterans with PTSD and Sleep Apnea

July 8, 2013 4:03 pm | by American Academy of Sleep Medicine | News | Comments

A new study suggests that CPAP therapy reduces nightmares in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. Results show that the mean number of nightmares per week fell significantly with CPAP use, and reduced nightmare frequency after starting CPAP was best predicted by CPAP compliance.

Device Enables Blind to ‘See’ with Ears

July 8, 2013 3:59 pm | by Frontiers | News | Comments

The vOICe sensory substitution device is a revolutionary tool that helps blind people to use sounds to build an image in their minds of the things around them. A research team, led by Dr Michael Proulx, from the University's Department of Psychology, looked at how blindfolded sighted participants responded to an eye test using the device.

Home Healthcare Presents Design Challenges

July 2, 2013 11:54 am | by Ryan Striker, P.E., Electrical Engineer, Logic PD | Logic PD, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

To unlock the potential of more frequent therapy, medical devices must move out of the doctor’s office and travel with patients to their homes and offices. But, this great opportunity is not without its challenges. The same patient who stands to reap great benefit from a home medical device may instead endanger themselves by applying the device incorrectly.

Hearing Loss from Loud Blasts May Be Treatable

July 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Stanford University Medical Center | News | Comments

Long-term hearing loss from loud explosions, such as blasts from roadside bombs, may not be as irreversible as previously thought. Using a mouse model, the study found that loud blasts actually cause hair-cell and nerve-cell damage, rather than structural damage to the cochlea.

The Obstacles to Design Success for Home Care Products

July 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Garren Walters, Applications Team Leader, Precision Fluidics Division, Parker Hannifin | Parker Hannifin Corporation | Blogs | Comments

As Parker sees it, the three biggest obstacles to [design] success for patient care products, such as oxygen concentrators and ventilators, are portability, battery life, and reliability. To make home care products more portable, Parker has reduced the size of some valves up to 75%.

Poland - a New Player in Medical Tourism Sector

June 28, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Is it possible, that in 2-3 years Brits, Germans, Scandinavians, and Russians will undergo cancer treatment, orthopaedic, or cardiac surgery procedures in Polish medical facilities more often? Treat teeth and get implants in dental clinics; take a cure in Polish sanatoriums?

Insights into How Brain Compensates for Recurring Hearing Loss Point to New Glue Ear Therapies

June 27, 2013 3:39 pm | by Wellcome Trust | News | Comments

Important new insights into how the brain compensates for temporary hearing loss during infancy, such as that commonly experienced by children with glue ear, are revealed in a research study in ferrets. The Wellcome Trust-funded study at the University of Oxford could point to new therapies for glue ear and has implications for the design of hearing aid devices.

Spinning Up Antibacterial Silver on Glass

June 27, 2013 10:30 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

The antibacterial effects of silver are well established. Now, researchers at Yonsei University in Seoul, Republic of Korea, have developed a technique to coat glass with a layer of silver ions that can prevent growth of pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium and Campylobacter jejuni. The technology could be used to protect medical equipment.

Powering the Homecare Medical Device Market

June 26, 2013 2:54 pm | by John Benatti, Field Applications Engineer, Astrodyne | Articles | Comments

With the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 impacting U.S. design engineers in June, it is critical they are aware of the implications to their medical device designs. For home healthcare devices, there is a collateral standard that will have a specific effect. This article focuses in on powering these products and the items in the standard of significance for that aspect.

Class I Medical Device Recall: Medtronic Xomed, Inc., NIM Trivantage EMG Endotracheal Tube

June 21, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

The firm received complaints of "cuff leak" or "cuff deflation" occurring when the inflation valve cap is inappropriately removed (pulled off, instead of snapped-off sideways). This requires the physician to re-inflate or replace the deflated tube to ensure the continued breathing support of the patient. Use of this recalled product can result in serious adverse health consequences, including death.

New Array Measures Vibrations Across Skin May Help Engineers Design Tactile Displays

June 14, 2013 9:16 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the near future, a buzz in your belt or a pulse from your jacket may give you instructions on how to navigate your surroundings. Think of it as tactile Morse code: vibrations from a wearable, GPS-linked device that tell you to turn right or left, or stop, depending on the pattern of pulses you feel. Such a device could free drivers from having to look at maps, and could also serve as a tactile guide for the visually and hearing impaired.

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