It’s always exciting when there are new hearing technological breakthroughs.
Summary: An experimental twist on a classic cochlear implant allows researchers to directly measure brain waves and assess how good, or bad, a person’s hearing is.
Source: KU Leuven
Researchers at KU Leuven (Belgium) have succeeded for the first time in measuring brain waves directly via a cochlear implant. These brainwaves indicate in an objective way how good or bad a person’s hearing is. The research results are important for the further development of smart hearing aids.
An implant that can register brain waves and measure hearing quality on its own has various advantages, adds co-author Professor Tom Francart. “Firstly, we get an objective measurement that does not depend on the user’s input. In addition, you could measure a person’s hearing in everyday life and monitor it better. So, in the long run, the user would no longer have to undergo testing at the hospital. An audiologist could consult the data remotely and adjust the implant where necessary.”
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