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Insert ear-probe assembly for high-quality otoacoustic-emission (OAE)…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-032-0396
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T032
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
Etymotic Research, Inc.
61 Martin Lane Elk Grove Village, IL -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Insert ear-probe assembly for high-quality otoacoustic-emission (OAE) measurements in adults
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-12-C-0108
Award Amount: $249,975.00
 

Abstract:

Current otoacostic emission probes used diagnostic evaluation middle and inner ear components of hearing are not capable of producing well-calibrated and high-quality acoustic stimuli that cover the entire frequency range of human hearing and are thus unsuited for rapid evaluation of the range of inner ear damage from ototoxic drugs, noise and the normal process of aging. The accuracy of stimulus calibration is a particular problem for serial monitoring of accumulating damage over time or to accurately and sensitively assess damage in populations. The topic solicitation stated specific performance criteria that a new otoacoustic emission probe should satisfy In our Phase I partnership with Etymotic Research, Inc., we have developed a first-generation prototype with high-quality internal sound sources that already comes close to meeting all the performance criteria. Phase II efforts will be devoted to the considerable remaining effort to refine the prototype and to rigorously test its suitability for widespread application for research and clinical assessment. We will focus particularly on developing the capacity to perform measurements in the relatively high ambient noise levels typically found on Navy ships that would also facilitate widespread application to hearing evaluation in civilians.

Principal Investigator:

Jonathan Siegel
Associate Professor, Nort
(847) 491-2454
j-siegel@northwestern.edu

Business Contact:

Mark Piepenbrink
CEO
(847) 228-0006
m_piepenbrink@etymotic.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Etymotic Research, Inc.
61 Martin Lane Elk Grove Village, IL -

EIN/Tax ID: 363251456
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
Northwestern University
Office for Sponsored Research
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL 60208-1110
Contact: Susan G. Ross
Contact Phone: (847) 491-3003