The goal of the European project TERENCE is to improve the reading skills and overall school performance of young children with hearing disabilities between 7 – 11 years of age.

Working alongside Dr. Pierpaolo Vittorini, coordinator of this European project financed by the Seventh Framework Programme, we had the opportunity to participate personally and work cooperatively in the development of medical technology.

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We are presently developing a platform that includes hardware and software developed to measure hearing levels. The device consists of a hearing aid and a transducer that sends stimuli and returns data on the state of the cochlea, which makes it possible to determine whether the nerve is damaged.

The result is an audiometry which evaluates the ability to hear sounds through bone conduction. During the exam, various sounds are produced at different frequencies (125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1.000 Hz, 2.000 Hz, 3.000 Hz, 4.000 Hz y 8.000 Hz) and with different intensities (de 20 dB a 120 dB). Once the data have been gathered, they are represented graphically on a mobile application, facilitating the analysis of the hearing levels of that individual.

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In order to analyse the data (bearing in mind that medical care is first and foremost), it should be taken into account that the normal range that humans are able to hear, in terms of tone, is approximately 20 to 20,000 Hz (the human language is emitted at a tone between 500 and 3,000 Hz). As a precaution, in terms of intensity, sounds greater than 85 dB, which, for example, is the level at which we listen to a rock music concert, may result in a partial loss of hearing (hypoacusis) after a few hours. Sounds exceeding 120 dB may result in immediate pain or hypoacusis.

 

 

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Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Unviersidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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