History and Description

The Neurosensory Engineering Laboratory conducts research in neurosensory systems, particularly in the auditory system and develops instrumentation and methods for the diagnosis, rehabilitation and therapy of hearing disorders and deafness. The laboratory focuses on the development of the devices and systems for testing and monitoring hearing disorders and deafness. The origin of the laboratory dates back to 1984, at which time it was set up as an auditory evoked potential laboratory. Since then, the scope of the laboratory has expanded to include brain waves, speech, vision and intraoperative monitoring. The laboratory has strong ties to the Medical School (Otolaryngology and Pediatrics) and conducts and participates in animal and clinical research studies at the medical campus. The laboratory has a long history of cooperative research and development activity with the medical device industry in Florida. Such activity is mostly supported by National Institute of Health (NIH) Small business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants through Intelligent Hearing Systems, Inc. in Miami. Recently joint projects have been launched on intraoperative monitoring with the Ophthalmic Biophysics Center of the Ophthalmology Department.

Major Equipment

  • Auditory and visual evoked potential system (Smart-EP, IHS)
  • Otoacoustic emission system (Smart-OAE, IHS)
  • EEG recording system
  • Double wall sound attenuated room (Acoustic Systems)
  • Several Pentium based microcomputers
  • Data acquisition and signal processing software
  • Oscilloscopes and test instruments
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