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Cochlear Implants Prototyping Environment

Cochlear implants are electronics embedded in the ears of deaf patients to help them regain their hearing. To help drive further growth in the quality of these systems, we are developing a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) -based Bluetooth interface between the cochlear systems and a smartphone, so that new algorithms can be prototyped and deployed using standard smartphones. The goal is to significantly improve audio quality and to aid researchers worldwide in improving these implants.