A NEW ELECTROTACTILE SYSTEM FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$48,237.00
Award Year:
1989
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
10770
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Sevrain-tech Inc
Park Centre, 8025 Excelsior Dr #1, Madison, WI, 53717
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Barry Hughes
Principal Investigator
(608) 836-4884
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE PROJECT DESCRIBED HEREIN IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN ELECTROTACTILE COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIFICALLY ORIENTED TOWARDS TACTILE AUDITORY SENSORY SUBSTITUTION. PRESENTLY, THE DESIGN OF STIMULATOR ARRAYS, THE PROCESSING OF AUDITORY INFORMATION TO PRODUCE TACTILE STIMULI AND THE USER TRAINING METHODS HAVE NOT BEEN OPTIMIZED FOR THE MOST EFFECTIVE PERCEPTION. THIS EFFORT WILL UTILIZE EXISTING EXPERIMENTAL ELECTROTACTILE AUDITORY (ETA) INSTRUMENTATION DEVELOPED BY SEVRAIN-TECH WITH THE ADDITION OF A COMPUTER-BASED STIMULUS PATTERN GENERATOR TO ANALYZE THE ELEMENTS OF COMBINED SPATIAL, TEMPORAL AND INTENSITY EFFECTS OF ETA USING VOLUNTEER HEARING AND HEARING IMPAIRED SUBJECTS. THE RESULT OF THIS INVESTIGATIONWILL BE APPLIED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ACOUSTIC ANALYSIS AND STIMULATOR ARRAY DESIGN FOR ENHANCED ETA PERCEPTION OF SPOKEN LANGUAGE TO BENEFIT THE PROFOUNDLY DEAF BY MAKING AVAILABLE A PRACTICAL PORTABLE ETA DEVICE.

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