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Surgical Face Shield

The importance of face shields in preventing the transmission of infectious agents is increasingly well established. Typically, a face shield will include a headband that can be clamped about the head...
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Michael Bentz, Lennon Rodgers, Karl Williamson | P210049US01

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Foot Harness for Patients Relearning to Walk

Walking impairment can be caused by many factors such as aging, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and other conditions that disrupt balance and posture. Stroke, for example, is the leading cause...
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Kreg Gruben, Wendy Boehm | P150292US01

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Eardrum Nanomembrane Offers Tinnitus Care

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound with no external source. The sounds could be produced within a patient’s own body, like crackling caused by muscle spasms, or wholly imagined. Either way, d...
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Robert Blick, Burke Richmond | P120327US01

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Seat with Adjustable Dynamic Joint

In today’s increasingly sedentary and technology-dependant culture, people spend long hours sitting every day. Prolonged sitting has an extensive and well-documented list of negative health effects ...
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Hans Jensen, Robert Jensen | T07027US

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Tactile Button Panel for Use with Touch Screens

Touch screen systems have many advantages, including simplification of the user's task and elimination of a separate keyboard. However, touch screen systems present an insurmountable barrier to many p...
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Gregg Vanderheiden, David Kelso, J. Bern Jordan | P110167US01

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Mechanism for a Braille Watch

The Braille language is the universally accepted form of written communication for the visually impaired. A system of dots, arranged in a three row by two column grid, is used to display different let...
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John Puccinelli, Nicholas Anderson, Chandresh Singh, Kyle Jamar, Taylor Milne | P120050US01

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Adjustable Implant for Treatment of Glottic Insufficiency

Glottic insufficiency is the medical term used to describe inadequate vocal fold contact during voice production. Glottic insufficiency results in poor voice quality and “breathiness” duri...
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Matthew Hoffman, Jack Jiang, Rachel Witt, Timothy McCulloch | P100114US01

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Algorithm for Selective Enhancement of Speech Signals

Hearing impairment rarely extends across the entire frequency range of hearing. Commonly, hearing loss is most severe at higher frequencies, although listeners can have selective losses at frequencies...
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Rick Jenison, Keith Kluender, Joshua Alexander | P100334US01

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Training Device for Muscle Activation Patterns

Movement of human limbs requires the coordination of multiple muscles. Such coordination is learned through extensive practice but can be disrupted by injuries or diseases such as traumatic brain inju...
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Kreg Gruben, Matthew Schmidt | P05358US

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Oral-Lever Resistance Exercise Device

The tongue loses strength as a result of aging, illness or injury, often resulting in loss of swallowing capacity (dysphagia) that in turn may lead to malnutrition, dehydration or pneumonia. NIH-funde...
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JoAnne Robbins, Jacqueline Hind, Angela Hewitt | P05037US

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Arm Brace for Sonographers to Reduce Wrist Injuries

As use of real-time diagnostic ultrasound scanning has increased, work-related injury has become epidemic among medical sonographers and echocardiographers. Approximately 80 percent of sonographers re...
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Mark Kliewer, Timothy Walker, Christopher Thomas | P06204US

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