University of Utah electrical engineer Darrin Young developed the tiny prototype microphone (Photo: Lee J. Siegel, University of Utah)
The proposed cochlear implant system (Photo: Case Western Reserve University, University of Utah)
The prototype middle-ear microphone attached to a cadaver’s umbo (Photo: Case Western Reserve University, University of Utah)
U.S researchers are developing a tiny middle ear "microphone" that could remove the need for any external components on cochlear implants. Led by University of Utah engineer Darrin J. Young, the research team has produced and tested a prototype of the device which uses an accelerometer attached to the tiny bones of the middle ear to detect sound vibration.
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