LOW POWER WIRELESS SYSTEM TO MONITOR TONGUE PRESSURE AND POSITION ON THE PALATE
A NOVEL HELP IN TONGUE REHABILITATION PROCESS.
Tongue is an important muscle inside oral cavity and its contact with hard palate plays a central role during the articulation of a syllable or swallowing. Subjects who have suffered from cerebrovascular or other neurological disorders may have speech or swallowing problems due to a decreased ability to control the movement of their tongue.
NEWTongue device provides a non-invasive aid for the rehabilitation of tongue motion capabilities. It tracks tongue position and measures tongue pressure on the palate directly inside oral cavity in a minimally invasive way. Then, it transmits the corresponding data wirelessly to an external readout unit (pc, smartphone, tablet), via Bluetooth Low Energy. The readout unit runs a user-friendly ad-hoc app permitting data visualization in an intuitive way. A first prototype has been designed and realized. Application fields for the device deal mainly with the treatment of people with swallowing or phonetic disorders.
The project for device realization is financed by the EULO Foundation.