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OBJECTIVE Cochlear implants (CIs) have become the gold standard treatment for deafness. These neuroprosthetic devices feature a linear electrode array, surgically inserted into the cochlea, and function by directly stimulating the auditory neurons located within the spiral ganglion, bypassing lost or not-functioning hair cells. Despite their success, some(More)
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and is associated with major complications. Ongoing research is focused on new pacing devices for alternative treatment of this disease. The objective of an AF registry is to store prospectively all relevant data covering clinical information, quality of life and device parameters and by this(More)
Medical databases in general are characterized by a high degree of complexity in terms of quantity of items, number of parameter values and data types (free text, categorical, numerical and other). Substantial domain knowledge is required for adequate formalization of medical entities. In this context we developed medical database plot (mdplot), a data(More)
Spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) participate in the physiological process of hearing by relaying signals from sensory hair cells to the cochlear nucleus in the brain stem. Loss of hair cells is a major cause of sensory hearing loss. Prosthetic devices such as cochlear implants function by bypassing lost hair cells and directly stimulating SGNs electrically,(More)
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