International Team Gets $9.7 Million Grant for New Hearing Technology

International Team Gets $9.7 Million Grant for New Hearing Technology

Device would be implanted directly to auditory nerve.

A team of worldwide researchers, including engineers from the University of Utah, has received a $9.7-million grant to design and develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure for the deaf.

The scientists hope the new device will cut through the noise and produce much more detailed sound than traditional hearing-loss treatments.

This new procedure involves the use of a new version of the Utah Electrode Array architecture, a brain-computer interface originally developed by University of Utah biomedical engineering Professor Emeritus Richard Normann that can send and receive electrical impulses from the brain.

The version used here is a special variant of the Utah Slanted Electrode Array designed for use in peripheral nerves. Versions of the Utah Electrode Array are being further developed to allow amputees to move prosthetic limbs with their mind and, in this case, to hear higher-resolution sounds than with regular cochlear implants.

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