"When the parts of the ear that transmit sound to the auditory nerve are damaged?as they often are in the severely deaf?a hearing aid that merely amplifies sound offers little assistance. Today, more than 70,000 deaf people have been connected to the world of sound, some for the first time in their lives, with cochlear implants from Cochlear Limited.
A cochlear implant bypasses the damaged part of the ear, transmitting sound signals directly to the recipient?s auditory nerve. It is the only widely available medical device designed to restore a human sense.
Since releasing its first implant system more than 20 years ago, Cochlear has produced five generations of cochlear implants, each incorporating more features in ever smaller devices.
Engineers at Cochlear use MathWorks tools for Model-Based Design to accelerate development and prototype and test new ideas...."
This article appeared in The MathWorks News & Notes, October 2006