NEWS on ear implants

Germany: Specialty association certifies cochlear implant centers

According to the professional association, around 50,000 people in Germany are deaf, and another 250,000 have at least a 50 percent hearing impairment. If sufficient understanding of speech is not possible with a hearing aid, a CI can restore hearing and understanding in many cases. A CI is not an...

Träger von Cochlea-Implantaten nehmen stimmliche Emotionen schlechter wahr

Während Normalhörende Klangfarbe und Tonhöhe in einem ähnlichen Ausmaß bei der Erkennung nutzen konnten, orientierten sich die Implantatträgerinnen und -träger verstärkt an der Klangfarbe. Eini­ge von ihnen können sie sehr gut nutzen, um stimmliche Emotionen zu erkennen Die Nutzer eines Cochlea-Implantats, denen die Wahrnehmung von stimmlichen Emotionen leichter fiel, berichteten...

Parameter-Specific Morphing Reveals Contributions of Timbre to the Perception of Vocal Emotions in Cochlear Implant Users

Research on cochlear implants (CIs) has focused on speech comprehension, with little research on perception of vocal emotions. We compared emotion perception in CI users and normal-hearing (NH) individuals, using parameter-specific voice morphing. Results:  Unsurprisingly, CI users as a group showed lower performance in vocal emotion perception overall. Importantly, while...

Auditory brainstem implants – hearing restoration in congenitally deaf children

Children born deaf can learn to hear and speak with a cochlear implant (CI). If implantation of a CI is impossible for anatomical reasons, the auditory brainstem implant (ABI) is the only surgical alternative for hearing rehabilitation. Calculations show that about 5-45 children in Germany could be eligible for this...

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....

Hearing with a Vestibular Implant

Posture, Gait, Quality of Life, and Hearing with a Vestibular Implant Bilateral vestibular hypofunction is associated with chronic disequilibrium, postural instability, and unsteady gait owing to failure of vestibular reflexes that stabilize the eyes, head, and body. A vestibular implant may be effective in alleviating symptoms. Six months and 1...

Fully implantable cochlear implant placed

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Cochlear implantation – diagnosis, indications, and auditory rehabilitation results

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Hearing Lens developed

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