Wireless, Wide Frequency Band Otoactoustic Emissions Probe

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,954.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0268
Award Id:
95150
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-032-0457
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 10T032
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Creare Inc. (Currently CREARE LLC)
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
Odile Clavier
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
ohc@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
University of Northern Colorado
Deanna Meinke
Gunter Hall
Campus Box 140
Greeley, CO, 80639
(970) 351-2734
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The nature and requirements of military operations lead to high noise levels, exposing military and civilian personnel to the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss. Otoacoustic emission (OAE) probes can assess the health of the inner ear by testing the response of the cochlea to various types of stimuli. The measurement of emissions at high frequency has the potential to detect noise-induced damage to the outer hair cells before it affects hearing function (as measured with traditional pure tone audiometry). Unfortunately, existing OAE probes are not designed for high frequency measurements or high quality measurements in typical field settings. Creare, in collaboration with the University of Northern Colorado, proposes to develop an innovative OAE probe for the detection of OAEs at frequencies ranging from 0.5 to 16 kHz. Creare's proposed concept will reduce several noise sources on existing designs and improve the in ear fit of the probe tip. Creare will work closely with the University of Northern Colorado to design a probe that is easy to fit and provides a repeatable and comfortable probe fit when used by audiologists and trained technicians.

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