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Research project: The new Neurelec binaural hearing implant

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In August 2010 we implanted the first Neurelec binaural cochlear implant in the UK. Although there is only one implant placed behind the ear, there are two electrodes. One electrode goes into the cochlea as usual; the other long electrode is passed over the head (under the skin) and implanted in the other ear. The two electrode arrays are driven by a single speech processor.

There was widespread national and local media coverage; The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Express, BBC online, the Daily Echo, Wave 105FM, HeartFM and Isle of Wight Radio plus numerous science and medical websites all reported on the operation. Helen was interviewed and featured in The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and on the radio for Wave105FM.

Visit the video for the first Neurelec user in the UK hearing for the first time

Helen is supervising a PhD student working on a project to see how well Neurelec users can hear in background noise, and work out where sounds are coming from.

Auditory Implant Service PhD student projects

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