Enhanced, Noninvasive Treatment of Hearing Disorders

About

The technology is a hearing aid device with an integrated electrical stimulator to use for enhanced hearing rehabilitation. Electrodes are attached to different parts of the ear to provide precisely-timed electrical stimulations relative to acoustic signals transmitted from the hearing aid. Application of synchronized acoustic and electrical stimulation is used to suppress or enhance activity in the auditory system. The suppression of neural activity can be used for the treatment of hearing conditions such as Tinnitus and hyperacusis. This device can also be used to enhance hearing aid effectiveness.

Multimodal Stimulation for Auditory Neural Activity Correction
Combining electrical stimulation of the ear region with precise timing relative to the sound input can alter activity in the auditory system. Based on the nature and time of electrical stimuli, the activity in the auditory system can either be enhanced or suppressed. The device features the ability to modify these signal parameters in real-time, enabling the user to change the sensitivity towards certain sound signals on the go. This multimodal synchronization therapeutic device can be used to enhance hearing rehabilitation, balance hearing across different energy ranges, and suppress other hearing ailments. The device features a wireless module that can be used to power and control the device remotely.

Key Benefits

Benefits
Enhanced hearing rehabilitation - quicker recovery
Non-invasive; no surgical implants needed
Can be used as normal hearing-aid
Minimal modification from a typical hearing-aid
Wireless: no dangling wires/attachments
Simple plug and use

Features
Electrical stimulator for multiple ear regions
Enhancement and suppression of neural activity from a single device
Real-time modification to change sensitivity
Wireless powering and communication with hearing aid

Applications

Neuromodulation
Treatment of Tinnitus and hyperacusis
Improve effectiveness of hearing aids
Enhance plasticity of the auditory system for quicker rehabilitation
Improved hearing performance at target frequencies

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