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Hear, Hear
Cochlear implants have been used to treat deafness since the mid-1980s. Although they are an effective treatment option in many people with hearing loss, not everyone can benefit from
a cochlear implant due to specific anatomical variations in the cochlea that limit the ability to implant the device or sufficiently activate the auditory nerve.
Funded by a five-year, $9.7 million grant from the NIH BRAIN Initiative, Hubert Lim, PhD, associate professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, is leading an international effort to develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure.
Engineers, scientists, surgeons, and medical researchers will explore how to implant an electrode array directly into the auditory nerve.
This approach not only provides access to the hearing pathway
for those who cannot receive an implant into the cochlea, but may also improve activation of the auditory pathway to the brain, which could be helpful for hearing music and in noisy environments. Auditory nerve implants could lead to a new generation of neural technologies that help people regain lost hearing.
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