U of U researchers awarded grant to improve hearing implants

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Researchers and engineers at the University of Utah have received a $9.7 million grant to improve technology for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. 

The university is working to design a surgical procedure and a brand new implantable device to provide clearer and more detailed sound than is currently available with current cochlear Implant treatments. 

“You have a much higher resolution of sound, which means you can cover more individual frequencies and have better tonal range,” said Solzbacher, who is the lead U researcher working on the team, in a press release. “That should allow you to get more realistic hearing.” 

The new technology will also allow the electrode array to be connected to existing hearing aids used in cochlear implants. 

The project is being funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. The team will also be lead by researchers and scientists from several universities and medical institutions across the country and around the world. 

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