Building the bionic ear
AuthorClark, Graeme M.
Source TitleIndustrial Physicist
University of Melbourne Author/sClark, Graeme
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsClark, G. M. (2000). Building the bionic ear. Industrial Physicist, 6(1), 12-15.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a publisher’s version of an article published in Industrial Physicist 2000 published by American Institute of Physics. This version is reproduced with permission from American Institute of Physics. http://www.aip.org/tip
When I began my cochlear-implant research in 1967, one could do nothing to help profoundly deaf people hear. In normal hearing, hair cells in the cochlea, the snail-shaped inner ear, transduce sound vibrations into electrical signals. These signals produce patterns of electrical responses in the auditory pathways that convey the frequency and intensity of the sound to the brain. The profoundly deaf, however, have lost their hair cells, so even amplifying sound with a hearing aid fails to transmit information that the brain can interpret as sound.
Keywordscochlear implants; bionic ear; multiple electrode; receiver-stimulator; children
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