Application of MEMS to cochlear implants
AuthorZhang, A. L.; Huigen, J. M.; Clark, Graeme M.
Source TitleProceedings of the Fourth International Micromachine Symposium
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsZhang, A. L., Huigen, J. M., & Clark, G. M. (1998). Application of MEMS to cochlear implants. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Micromachine Symposium, Tokyo.
Access StatusOpen Access
A cochlear implant restores some hearing by electrically stimulating residual auditory nerve fibers in the cochlea. The cochlear implant represents a major scientific and technological breakthrough and is now providing hearing for thousands of profoundly and totally deaf people around the world. In this paper, we review the present multiple-channel cochlear implant technology and explores potential applications of micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) technology. A new generation of electrode arrays based on the silicon micromachining technology is presented. Approaches in the use of MEMS technology for a middle ear acoustic sensor in a totally implantable prosthesis is also discussed, with key issues for its development highlighted.
Keywordsotolaryngology; cochlear implants; micro-electroomechanical systems; MEMS
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