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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Hearing experts at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and other institutions are conducting an ABI trial aimed at helping children born without a hearing nerve.Read More
Researchers have for the first time developed a way of using electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to generate neurotrophins which can help regenerate auditory nerve endings. Ultimately, the therapy could allow CI users to enjoy a broader dynamic and tonal range, and it also has implications for other devices used in deep brain stimulation.Read More