A group of colleagues from the BISITE Research Group has developed a device which allows to monitor the progress of tinnitus from the patients’ homes. This condition is associated with a noise or ringing in the ears which may be caused by a damaged auditory nerve or ear injury. Although we do not have the cure yet, we provide the patients with an alternative which will allow them to do self-evaluations and their own follow-up.

 Tinnitus can occur temporarily due to exposure to loud noises for prolonged periods of time. However, those that suffer from this phenomenon constantly can experience different levels of discomfort. 

 

Researchers have been working on this issue in order to make the lives of tinnitus patients easier in certain aspects. They have also helped provide specialists with concrete data about the frequency and intensity of noise. These tests are often complex as otolaryngologists must use several devices to obtain results. However, the developed device reduces complexity, as explained by our colleague Fernando de la Prieta: “We have managed to develop the same type of tests, but they can be performed independently by the patient, in their own home. The test results are sent to the doctor daily so they will have much more information available.”

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The newly developed device will not only be more economical but will also allow the health sector to be more efficient. It will be designed with an integrated plate at an estimated price of between 40 and 50 euros. The device works with an app which also makes it more attractive to the user. The device will be connected through a USB cable; this is a more practical solution than the use of batteries or other type of connection.

The project arose from our collaboration with the University of L’Aquila (Italy). In the later phases of the project, we will work with Salamanca’s La Alamedilla Health Centre to perform tests on Spanish and Italian patients.

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Like many others, this development makes clear our group’s commitment to finding technological solutions that contribute to the quality of life of people suffering from different conditions and to benefiting the society as a whole.

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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