Capital Health Research – Seeing your Hearing

Capital Health Research – Seeing your Hearing



we're trying to address in a clinical need in developing high resolution imaging technologies specifically for the ear in auditory system we're building miniaturized ultrasound imaging probes that have microscopic feature sizes so they're shrunk down to the size of the boat pencil this will allow a clinician to go in and investigate the auditory disorder without actually surgically exploring and opening up the eardrum right now the only way we can really know what's going on is taken to the operating room if that'd be a drum have a look around see the Sun we can fix or not fix and there isn't even fix we close up the thing about the year is that the structures that people want to see or too small to be able result the CT or MRI imaging which is what's used elsewhere in the body and so basically surgeons go in almost blind and this lets has looked through the eardrum and into the middle ear right in the clinic and for the very first time in the world really have a look at what's going on with hearing it's a huge cost fit to the healthcare system because many of these surgeries are unnecessary and could easily be avoided and the thing that the keeps driving me is that right now but a quarter of middle ear surgeries that are done the doctor is not able to to fix the problem so basically it's an exploratory surgery they go in they see what's wrong and they realize they can't do anything about it so the patient up if you were to come here we don't know what's wrong with your hearing will be able to probe you better than anybody else in the world at this point and I might be able to understand that why are the things that we do for the hearing loss don't work as well as we want them to we only have that seventy percent success rate we don't know why we don't the other thirty percent orcas let help me find that at me that will result their huge savings to the health care system not just here in Halifax but everywhere if these products take commercial hold there will be a revenue stream coming into this province by building this reputation of research excellence you attract sort of the top tier students from across the country we have no shortage of ideas and innovation we just needed the tools to actually bring those ideas to fruition capital health provides support in terms of lab space and matching funds what we provide to capital health is reputation of filling up a research center and also we are bringing actual dollars in terms of money coming in through partnering companies and going into the hospital that they can then feed back into the research programs to try to get this perpetual cycle going in my view Nova Scotia is one of the best places the world to be doing the kind of a murder on this very corner we have medical school and engineering department to hospitals and industry liaison office and an incubator building for spinning out companies so all those pillars are literally within a few hundred feet of each other which is just a perfect recipe for prosperity and economic development

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