US 10,888,696 B2
Vestibular stimulation device
Frank Risi, Newtown (AU); Colin Irwin, Nice (FR); Jay T. Rubinstein, Seattle, WA (US); Felipe Santos, Boston, MA (US); and James O. Phillips, Seattle, WA (US)
Assigned to COCHLEAR LIMITED, Macquarie University (AU); and UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON CENTER FOR COMMERCIALIZATION, Seattle, WA (US)
Filed by Cochlear Limited, Macquarie University (AU); and University of Washington Center for Commercialization, Seattle, WA (US)
Filed on Jan. 2, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/237,794.
Application 16/237,794 is a continuation of application No. 14/744,951, filed on Jun. 19, 2015, abandoned.
Application 14/744,951 is a continuation of application No. 13/375,414, granted, now 9,089,692, issued on Jul. 28, 2015, previously published as PCT/AU2010/000655, filed on May 28, 2010.
Claims priority of application No. 2009902449 (AU), filed on May 29, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2019/0167977 A1, Jun. 6, 2019
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A61N 1/00 (2006.01); A61N 1/05 (2006.01); A61N 1/36 (2006.01)
CPC A61N 1/0526 (2013.01) [A61N 1/0551 (2013.01); A61N 1/361 (2013.01)] 23 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method, comprising:
inserting at least one electrode array into a vestibular system of a recipient so as to retain residual vestibular function after the at least one electrode array is inserted into the vestibular system, wherein the at least one electrode array is electrically connected to a stimulator unit so as to form at least part of a vestibular stimulation device; and
after the at least one electrode array is inserted into the vestibular system, generating electrical stimulation at the stimulator unit;
applying the electrical stimulation to the vestibular system of the recipient with the least one electrode array,
wherein the at least one electrode array has a structure and is dimensioned such that the residual vestibular function is retained after the at least one electrode array is inserted into the vestibular system;
obtaining one or more neural responses of the vestibular system to the electrical stimulation; and
analyzing the one or more neural responses of the vestibular system to the electrical stimulation.