Passive Piezoelectric Prosthesis for the Inner Ear.
Patent filed 9 May 97, patented 1 Sep 98
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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A tubular prosthesis formed by an assembly of electrode segments enclosing an elongated inner chamber, is inserted into the inner ear of a patient for piezoelectric generation of electrical impulses and localized injection thereof in response to externally generated sound waves. Such electrical impulses are applied from the prosthesis to nerve endings adjacent to cochlea contact locations on the electrode segments so as to improve hearing adversely affected by biological damage to the inner ear.
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Electricity and Magnetism