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.”


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.


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 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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