Helping Children with ‘Glue Ear’ to Hear

Inventor(s): Dr Tamsin Brown
Member Trust: Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (in collaboration with Clinical Engineering at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Award Amount: £16,000

Award Duration: 3 months

Background: 1 million children per year suffer from glue ear (or Otitis Media with Effusion).

The award of £16,000 will help the development of a novel bone conduction headset technology for children with long-term glue ear, the persistent build-up of fluid in the ear canal.

The technology will be used in the school, clinical and home settings to overcome the child’s hearing loss, preventing them from falling behind at school at a crucial development stage.

Project Plan for Award: The award will allow the team to further build up the business case for the technology including gaining market insight to progress product development.

“Receiving support from the Medtech Accelerator means our team had the opportunity to move the project to the next level, maneuvering us into a stronger position for follow-on funding.

In my case the MTA  funding came with advice about best use of the funding to place the product on the right commercial route to market.”

Dr Tamsin Brown
Community Paediatrician CCS NHS Trust and Honorary Contract with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.