Evaluation of electrical tongue stimulation for communication of audio information to the brain
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Non reparative solutions to damaged or impaired sensory systems have proven highly effective in many applications but are generally underutilized. For auditory disorders, traditional reparative solutions such as hearing aids and implant technology are limited in their ability to treat neurological causes of hearing loss. A method to provide auditory information to a user via the lingual nerve is proposed. The number of mechanoreceptors in the tongue exceeds the number of inner hair cells in the cochlea and the dynamic range of neurons in both systems is comparable suggesting that the achievable ...