Implants: When technology makes sense – quite literally
|Disease, injury, or a condition you were born with – reasons why some people must live without one or several of their five senses. Fortunately, there are many modern sensory aids that help replace one sense with another, which is especially the case when it comes to vision and hearing. Given technology’s advancements, can artificial or biological implants someday soon be a viable alternative?
|Implants that protect the senses
The eyemate system features a micro-sensor that is implanted in the eye and measures
the intraocular pressure continuously. Patients use the company’s proprietary handheld device to make measurements on their own. The device then transmits the data to a secure database, allowing the eye doctor to monitor the condition remotely. Eyemate is implanted during cataract or glaucoma surgery. (Implandata Ophthalmic Products GmbH)
Implants replace senses
For years, a similar concept comes into play to help patients with hearing loss. A cochlear implant is an electronic device that is embedded in the cochlea where it electrically stimulates the auditory nerves. Unfortunately, today’s cochlear implants have a major drawback: “Implant wearers (thus) can find it difficult to distinguish some items.
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