An Internet-Based Rehabilitation Program for Warriors with Hearing Loss and Auditory Processing Disorders Secondary to Blast and Traumatic Brain Injur

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-08-C-0724
Agency Tracking Number: O082-H02-3163
Amount: $99,999.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-H02
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
896 W Minneola Ave, Suite 57, Clermont, FL, 34711
DUNS: 626372622
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (757) 686-6230
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Alessi-Guckenberger
Title: CEO
Phone: (407) 310-3440
Research Institution
There are often secondary or tertiary effects to blast-related injuries including ear injury and hearing loss, which may also result in cognitive and linguistic deficits. The PALS medical Phase I prototype will be a modular addition to our existing technologies that assist with the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury and gait training for patients with stroke, cerebral palsy and amputations. It consists of an audio component and multiple visual components, as well as speech recognition, to help the program adapt to the listeners’ abilities. The audio components will include, but will not be limited to listening without interference, listening with background noise (i.e., competing speakers or in a crowd) and listening to accelerated speech. The visual components will include avatars that will help the patient comprehend visual cues, such as lip reading, facial expressions and body language, as well as other components that may be identified during prototype development. Finally, the speech recognition component of this project will allow for the program to adapt to the patients’ listening capabilities, by increasing or decreasing the level of difficulty of the simulation. This tool will be developed while in constant communication with rehabilitation specialists, to ensure that the patients’ needs are met.

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