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Rhythmic Function for Parkinson Diseased

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198580D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Aug-23
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Aug-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 17K

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Siemens

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Abstract

Patients suffering from Parkinson disease have problems coordinating their body movements. The most common symptoms are kinetic tremor, very exhausting movements, and very low gait quality. Known reasons are a patient’s lack of feeling for rhythm or sense of time. For therapeutic measures rhythmical and additionally tactile stimulation is used to reduce the symptoms. If using music, it can be very difficult for the patient to concentrate at the beat with all the alterability in dynamics, timing and modification of sounds. This reduces the helpful effect of the therapy.

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Rhythmic Function for Parkinson Diseased

Idea: Christoph Kukla, DE-Erlangen; Alexandra Bauer, DE-Erlangen

Patients suffering from Parkinson disease have problems coordinating their body movements. The most common symptoms are kinetic tremor, very exhausting movements, and very low gait quality. Known reasons are a patient's lack of feeling for rhythm or sense of time.

For therapeutic measures rhythmical and additionally tactile stimulation is used to reduce the symptoms. If using music, it can be very difficult for the patient to concentrate at the beat with all the alterability in dynamics, timing and modification of sounds. This reduces the helpful effect of the therapy.

In the following it is proposed to include a system which provides signals at certain time intervals into devices worn by the patient or placed next to the patient. Such devices can be earphones, headsets, hearing-aids, helmets, spectacles, caps, canes, backpacks, or even clothing. One example is a hearing aid provided with the metronome function realized by special software which can adjust the type of sound or the time interval of the signal. The adjustment can be done by a remote control, e. g., an RCU (Radio Controlled Unit) mounted on a safety cane.

The proposed solution described above helps patients suffering from the Parkinson disease by mastering their life. It can be realized very cheap and easily and the feature can be presented to create an image of a Parkinson friendly hearing aid...