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May 2019

Developments on the Healthcare Protection Technology

Technology never stops.

Every day, the world’s best innovative researchers and engineers come closer to discovering new technology that will benefit humankind. Inventions arise in every industry; some of them are groundbreaking, while many others are innovations on existing technologies. Mostof the notable developments are in the healthcare sector.

Developments in Healthcare
There have been many rapid advancements in the healthcare, specifically in the field of assistive technology.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) website, their funded researchers are developing devices for people with hearing and speaking disabilities.

Among these groundbreaking inventions are:

  • FM system that uses a radio broadcast technologyto transmit amplified sounds and is the best choice for people with hearing disabilities that got affected by damage to the inner ear.
  • Sound-Field System that uses a microphone that project sounds through mounted speakers. This will best serve adults and children in a classroom setting.
  • A portable device technologically being developed which enables two or more users to type messages to each other and displaying their messages in real time.
  • Another device, which being developed is an assistive listening device that enhances speech for a group of individuals who are conversing in a noisy environment.
  • A personalized text-to-speech synthesis system that works by scanning and then reading the words to the student in a synthesized voice.
  • With advances in technology, TTS (Text-to-Speech) technology is becoming more accurate and able to create a more natural and more intelligible sound, as per one research going on in one of the NIDCD funded research.
  • A new and exciting area of study is Brain-Computer interface research in which scientists are studying how to translate a human’s brains neural signals by using a computer to help them to communicate.
  • One group of researchers is working on implanting electrodes on the brain’s motor cortex to allowa person who onlocked-in to control the communication software and type out words by imagining the movement of his or her hand.
  • Other researchers are developing a prosthetic device that will translate a person’s thoughts into words and sentences.
  • Another research ongoing is on developing a wireless device that monitors brain activity triggered by visual stimulation.

A significant number of tools are for education purposes enabled through rapid advancements in assistive technology solutions. However, the same does not apply for the Special Education teachers. To implement these tools, a sufficient number of qualified trainers or teachers should train to teach students with special needs. 

Source: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/assistive-devices-people-hearing-voice-speech-or-language-disorders

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