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Advanced Magnetic Pickup Hearing Aids

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43DC014236-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43DC014236
Amount: $149,036.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: Y
Solicitation Number: PA14-071
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-01-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-06-30
Small Business Information
Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3617
United States
DUNS: 114264351
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (952) 829-9170
Research Institution

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant The goal of this Small Business Innovative Research project proposed to the National Institutes of Health in particular the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders is the creation of a superior signal receiving component in hearing aids The proposed advanced magnetic field pickup will increase the potential to wirelessly link the hearing aids with handheld electronic devices allowing highly personalized and environmentally specific sound filtering and amplification to take place within the software or andquot appsandquot on the handheld device The proposed pickup uses magnetic tunnel junction MTJ technology to create a solid state magnetic field sensor a receiver for magnetic signals broadcast from the handheld device The proposed pickup is superior to the legacy telecoil in size power consumption and sensitivity over the full acoustic frequency spectrum The component offers significant improvement to the acoustic signal quality and enables a shift to simplify the in ear signal processing needs thus lowering hearing aid costs and increasing battery lifetime The specific goals for the pre prototype device are broadband response a minimum detectable signal of Oe Hz and a power draw of less than Watts in continuous operation The device size is expected to be at or less than mm on a side

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Advanced Magnetic Pickup for Hearing Aids Project Narrative The project goal will assist the hearing impaired by providing a higher quality of sound coming from standard hearing aids Hearing aids equipped with the proposed component will be better able to pick up magnetic signals from telephones electronic devices and auditorium loop broadcasting The component provides new links to computers and telecommunication devices

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