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Design of a Vestibular Prosthesis for Sensation of Gravitoinertial Acceleration1

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Kristin N. Hageman, Margaret R. Chow, Peter J. Boutros

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, MD 21205

Dale Roberts

Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, MD 21205

Angela Tooker, Kye Lee, Sarah Felix, Satinderpall S. Pannu

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
Livermore, CA 94550

Charles C. Della Santina

Department of Biomedical Engineering,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, MD 21205;
Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine,
Baltimore, MD 21205

DOI: 10.1115/1.4033759Manuscript received March 1, 2016; final manuscript received March 16, 2016; published online August 1, 2016. Editor: William Durfee.

J. Med. Devices 10(3), 030923 (Aug 01, 2016) (3 pages) Paper No: MED-16-1075; doi: 10.1115/1.4033759 History: Received March 01, 2016; Revised March 16, 2016

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Fig. 4

Motion sensor signals and instantaneous PFM electrode output during (a) yaw rotation, (b) lateral translation, and (c) simultaneous yaw and lateral movements

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Fig. 3

(a) Polyimide electrode arrays: (a) shank intended for horizontal SCC and saccule, (b) shank for superior SCC and utricle, and (c) shank for posterior canal. (b) Voltage recordings during biphasic current driven stimulation using the new electrode arrays.

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Fig. 2

(a) Three-dimensional reconstruction of the chinchilla vestibular labyrinth [7] used to design electrodes based on the toroidal fluid spaces of the inner ear and spacing of the nerve and neurosensory epithelia, which are the targets for prosthetic stimulation (indicated with white arrows). (b) The electrode design based on the geometry of the otolith end organs (outlines of otoliths from Ref. [9]).

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Fig. 1

Johns Hopkins MVP architecture. Pre-existing framework of the MVP shown in solid line boxes [4]. Dashed boxes and underlined text indicate what must be added to restore utricle/saccule function.



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