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New Bionic Ear Mixes Cochlear Implant And Hearing Aid

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If you are hearing impaired, or if you just like hearing about interesting new sensory gadgets, lend me your ears. Well, actually, lend them to neuroscientists at UNC Chapel Hill who have just opened the first clinical trial to test a new device which combines cochlear implant and hearing aid technology–in the same ear. The device (which hearkens to a small handgun with a droopy trigger worn behind the ear) is shown to the right and is called the Electro-Acoustic System (EAS). This past April, two hearing-impaired North Carolina adults were the first to receive the device, and now the trial is going to open up more widely.

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