An adaptive artificial cochlea that could enhance the performance of hearing aids

One sensor (cantilever) of the MEMS cochlea (without feedback). Credit: TU Ilmenau/Michael Reichel.

In recent years, electronics engineers have developed a wide range of systems inspired by human and animal biology. By closely replicating complex biological processes, these systems could ultimately tackle numerous real-world problems more reliably and effectively.

Researchers at Technische Universität Ilmenau, Kiel University, University College Cork, Karlsruher Institute of Technology and Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology Ilmenau recently created a new microelectromechanical sensor inspired by the cochlea, the spiral-shaped cavity in the human inner ear that produces nerve impulses in response to sounds vibrations. …

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