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Visual Cochlear Implant Programming and Telemetry System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219501D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-04
Document File: 4 page(s) / 1M

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Researchers request systems that allow for maximum flexibility. In addition, they need an intuitive and easy to learn/use research tool

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Visual Cochlear Implant Programming and Telemetry System

Problem Addressed 

Researchers request systems that allow for maximum flexibility. In addition, they need an intuitive and easy to learn/use research tool

Known Solutions/Approaches

A number of applications use the same idea but in a different domain:

  • Labview*
  • Oscilloscope**
  • Matlab*** Modular Programming

Novelty Statement

The computerized system allows for:

  • Visual programming of a neuronal implant system
  • A real-time view on the physiological responses in the proximity of the neuronal implant system

Implementing the disclosed system decreases research support from the cochlear implant software development group. The cochlear implant manufacturer does not need to develop new and advanced research features in their normal clinical software.

Description (Components, Process)

Visual Programming

Visually programming a neuronal implant system like a cochlear implant system allows a user to master all the logical components of this system on the screen by clicking and moving a computer mouse. Hence, the software becomes intuitive and easy to learn and use. The system enables the user to direct all parts of the cochlear implant audio chain and all of its parameters.

For example, a certain channel with a specific set of stimulation parameters can be stimulated using this visual programming system. The different logical components of the implant system are represented on a computer display and that system can be programmed through the simple use of the computer mouse.

Advantages of the Visual Cochlear Implant Programming and Telemetry System include:

  • No technical risks in developing such a tool are foreseen
  • Reduced costs; with such a tool, less support from the software team for researchers is needed
  • Increased customer satisfaction

­   More research features

­   Less time consuming to use the research features

­   One tool to support most of the research

­   Less time to be trained in the research tool

­   Optimizing the EECAP measurement recording can be done faster

  • Improved functionality

­   Intuitive

­   Faster in use and less training is needed

Example Embodiment

A possible implementation is as follows:

The invention allows for setting up arbitrary psychophysics sequences using 'visual programming': drag and drop elements like pulses on the screen and the construction of individual sequences. Also for telemetry, the user can drag a measurement window on the screen and fill out the telemetry parameters. For the EECAP system, this can be extended by an analysis part, where the buffers that are defined in the sequence can be combined. Loops in the sequences should be possible. (Figure 1)

Figure 1: Loops in the psychophysics sequences


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Oscilloscope View

The induced physiological responses can be seen on the display similar to the way an oscilloscope displays, for example, electrical responses. Certain telemetry parameters can...