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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 ...   

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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.

Gentlemen, We Can Rebuild Him. We [Will] Have The Technology.

October 1, 2013 3:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

One day, I envision that there will be medical technology that can exceed the capabilities of the human body’s natural physiology. Should someone with such a device be prevented from playing professional sports due to the competitive advantage it provides?

Cochlear Launches the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor in the United States -- Simply Smarter in Every Hearing Situation

September 30, 2013 11:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, announced today the commercial availability of the Nucleus® 6 Sound Processor in the United States. Nucleus 6, the next generation cochlear implant sound processor for Cochlear, is built on a completely new microchip platform with five times the processing power of the market-leading Nucleus 5 System.

OmniGuide Surgical Introduces ELEVATE™ ENT System

September 30, 2013 10:43 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical, a leading developer of advanced energy surgical products, today announced the market introduction of the ELEVATE ENT System, a new product for ENT surgeons. The latest innovation, utilizing OmniGuide’s proven CO 2 laser technology, will be on display in booth # 2140 at the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) meeting in Vancouver from September 29 through October 2, 2013.

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Intersect ENT Announces Positive Results from Pilot Study of Novel In-Office Implant for Chronic Sinusitis Patients

September 30, 2013 8:05 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Intersect ENT, Inc., an innovator in treatment solutions for ear, nose and throat clinicians and their patients, today reported findings from a prospective U.S. multi-center pilot study to evaluate the feasibility, safety and efficacy of the company’s newest steroid delivery implant for patients suffering from the debilitating symptoms of chronic sinusitis.

OmniGuide raises $15M for BeamPath surgical laser

September 26, 2013 5:25 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

OmniGuide Surgical said it raised a $15 million funding round for its BeamPath surgical layer. The Cambridge, Mass.-based medical device company said it plans to use the round to expand BeamPath's footprint in the gynecological market and launch new ear, nose & throat products.

The Pulse: Self-Healing Polymer for Wound Care

September 26, 2013 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this episode of The Pulse, brought to you by MDT TV, we're treating wounds with a self-healing polymer, implanting a cure for sleep apnea, printing objects in 3D for the blind, and monitoring vital signs with a shirt. This episode feature: Scientists have created the world's first self-healing polymer that can repair itself without any intervention, offering potential applications in wound care.

The US Ear, Nose And Throat And Bronchoscopy Device Markets Will Reach A Combined Value Exceeding $715 Million In 2021

September 24, 2013 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the United States ear, nose and throat (ENT) and bronchoscopy device markets will both see growth through 2021. Many ENT procedures are performed on children, and slow growth of this demographic will limit this already saturated market.

Wireless Tech Broadens Healthcare Horizons

September 23, 2013 4:59 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

In the field of medical technology, wireless devices are seeing some of the most broad-reaching growth. This is due mostly in part to the wide range of applications that wireless medicine encompasses. Mobi Health News reports that the top ten areas wireless medicine has directly benefited include: Alzheimer’s, asthma, breast cancer, COPD, depression, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, obesity, and sleep disorders.

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Medical Innovation, One Brick at a Time

September 23, 2013 4:52 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

I can be a kid at heart. And when I say that, I state it with an almost literal meaning. I still enjoy toys. Now, I’m not the 40-year-old virgin character from the movie of the same name, but I can’t admit to not still tinkering with Lego bricks and finding enjoyment from it.

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.

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.   

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.

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