(PRWEB UK) 3 December 2012
Researchers from MIT and Harvard Medical School have revealed for the first time how a biological battery could be used to power implantable electronic devices.
They have invented a device that can draw power from a natural battery that is found inside the ear of all mammals and has a biological structure which converts vibrations of the ear drum into electrical signals the brain can recognise and interpret.
The low power gadget is initially intended to monitor biological activity of people with hearing problems but could one day deliver the therapy to solve them.
The researchers implanted electrodes into the biological batteries of the ears of the guinea pigs and connected them to the low power electronic devices. After they were implanted, the guinea pigs responded normally to hearing tests and the devices were able to transmit data about chemical conditions within the ear to the external receiver.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
This research is extremely exciting and could mean very important developments for the future of hearing aids. We look forward to seeing what findings this new invention provides and how it can be used to enhance the future of helping people with hearing problems.
With more than 40 years experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.