The middle-ear microphone is a revolutionary microphone which is placed at the point where the ear drum meets the hearing bones. The silicon chip placed in it detects all kinds of voices and vibrations, converts them into electric signals and deviates them towards the brain via the cochlea.
Earlier, devices have proven to be helpful to approximately 227,000 people with hearing disabilities. The patients are required to wear an external device as well which helps in better transmitting of signals and to help them develop safety habits for the device such as refraining from swimming.
The device which weighs 25 milligrams and is of the dimensions 2.5 by6.2 millimeters requires to be charged daily. The user has to wear a charging device at night while sleeping. This new invention has helped in avoiding the various disadvantages one has to go through while wearing an external hearing device like in adults, it is a social mockery and in kids it is more of a hindrance from various activities like swimming.
The device is expected to also help patients in the future who have totally undergone a hearing bones degradation as it might totally be able to substitute for the hearing bones. It uses the vibrations of the bone to transmit the sounds unlike the conventional hearing aids which use other mediums which result in severe complications.
Professor Darrin J Young from the university of UTAH is credited for this immensely helpful invention. The various studies and experiments carried out by him and his team have conveyed the fact that the device works more effectively when the anvil is removed from the three hearing bones. This helps in a controlled dispatching of vibrations and the process of hearing is made simpler for the device.
With all said and done it can well be concluded that this newly invented device is a boon for the millions of people across the globe who have a hearing disability. The device with its miniature size and easy functioning also reduces the irritation of having a heavy machine plugged into the ear always.