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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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Researchers Design Tool to ‘Tune’ Cochlear Implants

A team of researchers from Western University, in collaboration with Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden, has designed a mathematical tool to help do just that -- program the implant with precision for each patient’s unique anatomy.

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‘Molecular Handshake’ Between Tip Links in Ear Essential to Hearing, Balance

We hear sounds in part because tiny filaments inside our inner ears help convert voices, music, and noises into electrical signals that are sent to our brains for processing. Now, scientists have mapped and simulated those filaments at the atomic level, a discovery that shed lights on how the inner ear works and that could help researchers learn more about how and why people lose the ability to hear.

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