High performance micromachined microphones for hearing aids

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43DC009721-01
Agency Tracking Number: DC009721
Amount: $98,100.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: PHS2007-2
Small Business Information
2124 East 6th Street, Suite 105, Austin, TX, 78702
DUNS: 808319839
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
Phone: (505) 306-9296
Email: neal@siaudiolabs.com
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Overall, customer/patient satisfaction with existing hearing assistive devices is very low. Innovations at the microphone level related to marriage of high performance miniature microphone hardware with advanced signal processing have the potential to introduce new operating modalities for hearing-aids, and greatly improve hearing-aid performance and client satisfaction. This demands a revolutionary approach to the design of miniature microphones with extremely high perf ormance and low-noise. This commercial innovation is focused on realizing such a device with the use of silicon micromachining and innovative photonics-based detection principles - resulting in microphones operating in a fundamentally different way than ex isting MEMS microphones. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE This innovation is in support of the NIDCD mission to support efforts to create and refine devices that may replace or substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication functions. Despite the growin g importance of hearing assistive devices to the public and user dissatisfaction with such devices, relatively few commercial innovations have resulted to address this challenge. This innovation seeks to make a substantial contribution in this area.

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