Early Tests Suggest Auditory Nerve Implant Can Deliver Wide Range of Sounds; Device Reportedly Does Not Interfere With Natural HearingBy Hearing Review - The Insider,
Publication Date: June 2007
Article focuses on research conducted at the University of Michigan Kresge Hearing Research Institute on a tiny, ultra-thin electrode array that can be successfully implanted in the auditory nerve to transmit a wide range of sounds. The technology is only in its early prototype phase. If the design proves to be successful, people with auditory disabilities would have another option that would allow them to hear low-pitched sounds that are common in speech, as well as conversation in a noisy room. Recipients would also be able to identify high and low voices, and appreciate music. The auditory nerve implants would be suitable for the same people who are candidates today for cochlear implants, while researchers contend that the new technology could make cochlear implants seem limited by comparison.
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