Wireless, Wide Frequency Band Otoactoustic Emissions Probe

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$69,954.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N00014-10-M-0268
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Branch:
Navy
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-032-0457
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T032
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator
 Odile Clavier
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 ohc@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: 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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