Insert ear-probe assembly for high-quality otoacoustic-emission (OAE) measurements in adults

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$249,975.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-12-C-0108
Agency Tracking Number:
N10A-032-0396
Solicitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Topic Code:
N10A-T032
Solicitation Number:
2010.A
Small Business Information
Etymotic Research, Inc.
61 Martin Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
115380859
Principal Investigator:
Jonathan Siegel
Associate Professor, Nort
(847) 491-2454
j-siegel@northwestern.edu
Business Contact:
Mark Piepenbrink
CEO
(847) 228-0006
m_piepenbrink@etymotic.com
Research Institution:
Northwestern University
Susan G Ross
Office for Sponsored Research
633 Clark Street
Evanston, IL, 60208-1110
(847) 491-3003
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Current otoacostic emission probes used diagnostic evaluation middle and inner ear components of hearing are not capable of producing well-calibrated and high-quality acoustic stimuli that cover the entire frequency range of human hearing and are thus unsuited for rapid evaluation of the range of inner ear damage from ototoxic drugs, noise and the normal process of aging. The accuracy of stimulus calibration is a particular problem for serial monitoring of accumulating damage over time or to accurately and sensitively assess damage in populations. The topic solicitation stated specific performance criteria that a new otoacoustic emission probe should satisfy In our Phase I partnership with Etymotic Research, Inc., we have developed a first-generation prototype with high-quality internal sound sources that already comes close to meeting all the performance criteria. Phase II efforts will be devoted to the considerable remaining effort to refine the prototype and to rigorously test its suitability for widespread application for research and clinical assessment. We will focus particularly on developing the capacity to perform measurements in the relatively high ambient noise levels typically found on Navy ships that would also facilitate widespread application to hearing evaluation in civilians.

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