Early access to hearing is crucial for the development of the brain networks that are involved in language perception and production.

The main treatment is either a hearing aid that amplifies sounds, or a cochlear implant that stimulates the auditory nerve directly through an implanted electrode in the inner ear.

At present there is no way to determine if a baby with hearing difficulties is developing the most optimal language pathways in their brain.

We have developed an innovative clinical system called EarGenie™ which uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to image brain activity and provide an accurate and detailed hearing assessment so that appropriate hearing devices can be confidently selected and fitted. Read more about our research here.

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