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3D Printing Improves Cochlear Implants for Users

A team of engineers and clinicians have used 3D printing to create intricate replicas of human cochleae and combined it with machine learning to advance clinical predictions of ‘current spread’ inside the ear for cochlear implant (CI) patients. ‘Current spread’ or electrical stimulus spread, as it is also known, affects CI performance and leads to 'blurred' hearing for users, but no adequate testing models have existed for replicating the problem in human cochleae – until now.

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University of Minnesota to Lead $9.7 Million Grant to Improve Hearing Restoration

The vision of this new grant project is to implant an electrode array directly into the auditory nerve. This approach not only provides access to the hearing pathway for those who cannot be implanted into the cochlea, but may also improve activation of the auditory pathway to the brain that could be helpful for hearing in noisy environments and music.

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