DEVELOPMENT OF WEARABLE VIBROTACTILE AID

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
538
Agency Tracking Number:
538
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1111 Willow Springs Drive, Denton, TX, 76201
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Brian L. Scott
(817) 387-9514
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE GOAL OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY DESCRIBED IN THIS PROPOSALIS TO DEVELOP A WEARABLE VIBROTACTILE TRANSDUCER FOR THE PROFOUNDLY HEARING-IMPAIRED. UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT WITHA MAJOR MEDICAL SUPPLY COMPANY, SCOTT IS DEVELOPING A PROCESSING UNIT FOR COCHLEAR IMPLANT USERS. THE POSSIBILITYEXISTS THAT THE SAME PROCESSING UNIT CAN BE USED AS THE BASIS FOR A WEARABLE VIBROTACTILE AID. THIS GRANT WILL SUPPORT THE RESEARCH NECESSARY TO DETERMINE THE FEASIBILITY OF THAT ADAPTATION. THE MAJOR EFFORT WILL BE PLACED ON THE DESIGN OF A LOW POWER WEARABLE TRANSDUCER ARRAY. THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR HAS BEEN WORKING IN THE AREA OF VIBROTACTILE AIDS FOR THE DEAF SINCE 1973. RECENTLY COMPLETED STUDIES WITH A PORTABLE, BUT NOT WEARABLE, AID WITH DEAF CHILDREN INDICATED THE EFFICACY OF VIBROTACTILE STIMULATION AS A TEACHING AID BUT DEFINITELY INDICATED THE NEED FOR A COSMETICALLY ACCEPTABLE, WEARABLE UNIT. ADDITIONAL STUDIES WITH PROFOUNDLY DEAF ADULTS ALSO STRONGLYINDICATE THE NEED FOR A WEARABLE DEVICE.

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