the Ear Works
Learn all about our specialized hearing
organ, the ear. Information on anatomy, the physics of sound, and
how the brain understands what it is hearing.
This site from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders explains the basics of what cochlear implants are and
how they work. There's also a list of resources for those who want
Cochlear Implants Work in Children?
This editorial from the British Medical Journal answers that question
in the affirmative. The page links to a number of scientific papers
on the topic.
Hearing Loss Simulation
Find out what the world sounds like if you have mild or moderate
hearing loss. This web site simulates how you would hear speech and
sounds from the environment with different amounts of deficit.
Learn more about this inherited eye disease that causes the degeneration
of light sensitive cells within the retina.
The Department of Energy's Advanced Biomedical Technology Research
is working to restore sight in blind patients. Check out information
on the labs and universities that are collaborating on the project
and see how far they've gotten so far.
This sitee explains the basics of how an implant can help restore
This page from the University of Southern California provides a
diagram of the retinal prosthesis.
The retinal implant received by the patient in "Cybersenses" was
manufactured by this company.
Boston Retinal Implant Project
Other medical teams are working on slightly different types of retinal
implants. This site explains one approach.
This company is working on their own version of an artificial retina.
Their web site provides information on the eye, retinal diseases,
and their chip implant.