Bluetooth implant helping deaf people hear again

Daily Knowledge

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Connecting a pair of wireless headphones to your smartphone via Bluetooth has become pretty commonplace for the majority of us.

But a remarkable new implant, developed by
Austrian company MED-EL, is using the technology to help those with hearing loss.

The company has built a small implant
called the Vibrant Soundbridge that is placed under the skin directly inside thebmiddle ear. It uses mechanical energy to stimulate the cochlea – a tiny bone in the ear which creates
pulses that the brain interprets as sounds.

The implant receivesvits energy from a unique processor worn behind the ear that
converts the sounds into signals that are then transferred to the implant. The whole process uses Bluetooth to work and is targeted at people for whom traditional hearing aids are either unavailable or insufficient.

“The connectivity of the latest Vibrant Soundbridge is a huge step forward in allowing patients to communicate in…

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