Involving Children in Designing Neurotechnology

Hearing, News

In designing neurotechnology for children with disabilities, one size never fits all. MED-EL's Ideas4Ears invites children to submit their inventions to improve the quality of life for persons with hearing loss. Children between six and twelve years old are encouraged to submit their inventions with the help of a family member. Read more about MED-EL's Ideas4Ears here​​​.  

Join NeuroAbilities as we examine how to design brain-computer interfaces by and with children with severe physical disabilities at our upcoming webinar, "BCI At Play: How Brain-Computer Interfaces can Enrich Lives of Children with Severe Physical Disability" on December 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Read more here.​​



Groundbreaking Auditory Nerve Implant Underway to Restore Hearing Loss

Hearing, News

A new device in development for auditory nerve implants, or ANI, aims to help those experiencing deafness or hearing loss to hear again. The ANI technology is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, Blackrock Neurotech, MED-EL, Hannover Medical School (MHH), Feinstein, and the University of Utah. The device would be surgically implanted into the auditory nerve for a large population of individuals who may not be eligible for a cochlear implant and for this reason are underserved. Read more here

New Tool Developed by Researchers Helps 'Tune' Cochlear Implants to Enhance Hearing

Hearing, News

A team of researchers from Western University, in collaboration with Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden, has designed a mathematical tool to help program the cochlear implant with precision for each unique anatomy. Read more about the new tool. Read more via Medical Xpress.

The Bioethics of Providing Cochlear Implants to Children: Informed Choices and Autonomous Decision-Making

Hearing, Scholarly Article

The paper explores points of controversy regarding the use of cochlear implants, the use of American Sign Language (ASL) and the issue of informed choice. Read more via the WestCollections Repository on Jadara.

Mechanical Effects of Cochlear Implants on Residual Hearing Loss: A Finite Element Analysis

Hearing, Scholarly Article

The paper examines the effects of cochlear implants on residual hearing loss through a finite element model of human auditory periphery consisting of the cochlea and middle ear. Read more via IEEE Explore.

Robotic Middle Ear Access for Cochlear Implantation: First in Man

Hearing, Scholarly Article

The findings of the paper demonstrate the feasibility of robotic middle ear access in a clinical setting: nine adult patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss indicated for cochlear implantation were included in this clinical trial. Read more via PLOS ONE.

G3ict NeuroAbilities Interview Series | Episode 1 with Theresa Vaughan and Lidia Best

Hearing, Video

Theresa Vaughan interviews Lidia Best (Vice Chairman of ITU JCA-AHF/Member, G3ict Delegation to the ITU) on Lidia's personal experience as a cochlear implant recipient. Watch the interview on YouTube.

Do Cochlear Implants Work? A Podcast Episode with Dr. Lindsay Cockburn

Hearing, Podcast

Dr. Lindsay Cockburn, a pediatric audiologist presents diverse insights into whether cochlear implants help somebody hear. Listen to the All About Audiology Podcast.

Cochlear Implants: The Amazing Technology That Restores Hearing

Hearing, Podcast

Audiologists Jennifer Hooper, AuD, and Megan Narron talk about the nature of hearing loss, treating their patients and how cochlear implants work. Watch the video via Yale Medicine.

Considerations and Rationale for Cochlear Implant Electrode Design - Past, Present and Future

Hearing, Scholarly Article

The article presents the design evolution of electrodes and the influence of the ongoing changes to the intracochlear environment to provide a rationale for the electrode design with the intent to provide the greatest patient benefit. Read more via NCBI.