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Cochlear implants — with no exterior hardware

Posted on February 10, 2014

A cochlear implant that can be wirelessly recharged would use the natural microphone of the middle ear rather than a skull-mounted sensor. Cochlear implants — medical devices that electrically stimulate the auditory nerve — have granted at least limited hearing to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who otherwise would be totally deaf.
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New strategy lets cochlear implant users hear music

Posted on October 15, 2013

For many, music is a universal language that unites people when words cannot. But for those who use cochlear implants – technology that allows deaf and hard of hearing people to comprehend speech – hearing music remains extremely challenging. University of Washington scientists hope to change this. They have developed a new way of processing the signals in cochlear implants to help users hear music better.
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Cochlear implant creator honoured with top US prize

Posted on September 23, 2013

The creator of the cochlear implant – a revolutionary device that enables people born or made deaf through disease or trauma to hear and recognise speech – has won a top international award in clinical medical research. Graeme Clark, emeritus professor at the University of Melbourne, was presented with the prestigious Lasker DeBakey at a ceremony in New York on Friday. He shared the prize with Austrian Ingeborg Hochmair and American Blake S. Wilson, two researchers who played a prominent role in the development and efficacy of the prosthesis.
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