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The goal is to design and develop an auditory substitution device that through the use of vibro-tactile stimulation can substitute for regional frequency hearing loss. The main focus of this semester is to conduct clinical trials and communicate our findings in a research article.
Team Members from left to right: Matt, Becky, Ryan, Jimmy, Jack
Over the course of the project we have researched various aspects of speech and high frequency hearing loss. We’ve developed a prototype that uses vibrational pulses to alert the user of the presence of high frequency sounds. The current device uses four channels that offer the user different vibrational patterns depending on the nature of the sound. Last semester we created a prototype that operates effectively in real time through the use of a DSP. We are continuing the application process for IRB approval and are hoping to test the device in a clinical setting this coming spring.
|Week||Reporting Period Beginning||Activities|
|1||January 25||Discussed team organization and roles|
|2||February 1||Developed a timeline for design and testing goals|
|3||February 8||Revised and resubmitted IRB application from last semester|
|4||February 15||Drafted preliminary outline of testing protocol|
|5||February 22||Revised testing protocol and began work on midsemester presentation|
|6||February 29||Completed and presented midsemester presentation|
|7||March 7||Received IRB approval|
|8||March 14||Updated testing protocol|
|9||March 21||Finalized testing protocol|
|10||March 28||Revised LabVIEW application and ran testing protocol on preliminary subjects|
|11||April 4||Reworked testing circuit and prepared to begin testing subjects|
|12||April 11||Subject testing|
|13||April 18||Subject testing|
|14||April 25||Statistical analysis, poster design, began work on journal article|
|15||May 2||Presented poster at Tong Design Presentation, finished writing journal article|
|TASS Product Design Specifications (Mar 3 2008, 16 kb)|
|Midsemester Presentation (Mar 6 2008, 3545 kb)|
|Final Paper (May 12 2008, 51 kb)|
|Final Poster (May 12 2008, 684 kb)|
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