Tag: ENT

Ultrasound Otoscope to Help Diagnose Middle Ear Infections

Diagnosing infections of the middle ear is prone to a great deal of subjectivity. Antibiotics being the typical treatment option, way too many patients are treated who are actually not infected. This can result in the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a host of other problems. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Micr (Read more...)

CAVA Device Spots Nystagmus to Diagnose Dizziness

Dizziness is a common condition but its underlying causes can be very difficult to diagnose. It is usually unpredictable and doesn’t last very long, so by the time a patient presents to the physician everything checks out as normal. Detecting nystagmus (uncontrolled eye movements) is a pretty reliable way of diagnosing peripheral vestibular d (Read more...)

First Cochlear Implants FDA Approved for Single-Sided Deafness Asymmetric Hearing Loss

MED-EL USA just announced that its SYNCHRONY and SYNCHRONY 2 cochlear implants received the first FDA approval for people with single-sided deafness (SSD) and those with asymmetric hearing loss (AHL). No other cochlear implants currently have such an indication, so this latest news is a big deal for millions of people suffering from SSD and [&helli (Read more...)

Low Cost Medical Devices for Low-Resource Regions: Interview with Prof. Saad Bhamla, Georgia Tech

Advances in medical technology continue apace, with sophisticated new medical devices and therapies becoming available on an ongoing basis. However, medical technology often comes at a premium, and for low-resource regions sometimes even relatively basic medical devices, such as hearing aids, are inaccessible because they are too expensive. Similar (Read more...)

The Power of Modern Hearing Aids: Interview with Laurel Christensen, Chief Audiology Officer, GN Hearing

Modern hearing aids have to pack a great deal of technology in a tiny package. The batteries, high speed computer chips, speakers, microphones, and antennas have to all fit together and work in unison. They drive multiple sound processing algorithms that can modify how audio is boosted for the unique needs of each individual user. […]

Surgical Electricity Used to Molecularly Reshape Tissues

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Occidental College have identified and are studying a new way performing surgery using electricity. Some tissues, such as the ears, cornea, and joints, have a collagen-rich extracellular matrix that can be manipulated using an electric current. The idea is that if you deform a piece of tissue, (Read more...)

Lantos 3D Scanning System Makes Digital Impressions of Ears

Lantos Technologies, a company out of Wilmington, Massachusetts, is releasing the first FDA-cleared 3D ear scanner that can image everything from the outer ear to the ear drum. The Lantos 3D Scanning system is used to alleviate the need for silicone impressions when making hearing aids and other custom-made hearing products. Each scan produces (Read more...)

Bioreactors Inside Body Grow New Bones for Transplantation

Injuries and disease often necessitate putting something in place of where natural bone is. While there are custom-made artificial orthopedic implants and native bone grafts, researchers from Rice University have now shown a new and better way. The team printed in 3D a bioreactor mold within which new bone can grow. It is made to be […]

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Custom Tuned Hearing Aids from Comfort of Home: Interview with Adam Karp and Dr. Harvey Abrams of Lively

Lively, a New York-based hearing aid provider, has recently announced their online platform for customers to take virtual hearing tests, purchase hearing aids, and receive videocall support from doctors to fine-tune their hearing aids. The platform represents a telemedicine solution for the hearing-impaired, and allows people to receive treatment f (Read more...)