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The electrical stimulation of the inner ear, from the eighteenth century to the cochlear implant.

Marchese Ragona, Rosario Maria (2011) The electrical stimulation of the inner ear, from the eighteenth century to the cochlear implant. PhD Thesis , Università degli Studi di Ferrara.

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    Abstract

    The cochlear implant (bionic ear) is a device that bypasses a nonfunctional inner ear and stimulates the hearing nerves with patterns of electrical currents so that speech and sounds can be perceived by profoundly deaf people. The function of cochlear implant is today well known but, its early development through the history of electrical stimulation of the ear is uncertain. The Count Alessandro Volta is generally qualified as the first to stimulate the ear with the electricity. His results were read on June 26, 1800, before the Royal Society meeting in London. Investigating exhaustively the available literature of the eighteenth century, we found an electrical stimulation of the ear carried out, half century before Volta, in 1748 by Giuseppe Veratti a Bolognese physicist.

    Item Type:Thesis (PhD Thesis)
    Date:5 April 2011
    Tutor:Martini, Alessandro
    Coordinator:Capitani, Silvano
    Institution:Università degli Studi di Ferrara
    PhD:XXIII Anno 2008 > SCIENZE BIOMEDICHE
    Divisions:Dipartimento > Morfologia ed embriologia
    Subjects:Area 06 - Scienze mediche > MED/31 Otorinolaringoiatria
    Uncontrolled Keywords:Impianto cocleare, stimolazione
    Deposited on:13 Apr 2012 15:00

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