Device for Monitoring Swallowing Function and Disorders

Wearable Monitoring Systems for Swallowing Function and Disorders

Wearable tele-rehabilitation technology allows for the efficient provision of rehabilitation services from a distance, facilitating tele-management of many disorders. The proposed research will develop and validate a set of mechanically compliant, easy-to-use, and inexpensive wearable tele-monitoring systems, for future use in the rehabilitation of swallowing disorders (dysphagia). The hypothesis is that the newly developed wearable sensors will have equal or better performance than traditional wired sensors used today in clinical practice. Factors related to signal quality and patient reported outcomes (e.g., satisfaction/comfort level, adverse effects etc.) will be examined.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Device - Tele-EaT Sensors

Several iterations of a wearable surface EMG sensors patch and a wearable intra-oral lingual press device that we will develop, will be tested against commercially available wired devices. The wearable sensor patch will be an ultrathin patch with a honeycomb-inspired design that includes sEMG and strain sensors in order to capture muscle activity and thyroid movement signals from the submental area during swallows and swallow maneuvers/exercises. The wearable intra-oral device will integrate a w more on

Device - Conventional Sensors

Conventional sensors will include snap-on wired electrodes and the use of the Iowa Oral Performance Instrument as the control conditions. The same set of standardized swallow tasks will be completed with the conventional and commercially available devices as well.

Development and Validation of Mechanically Compliant Wearable Monitoring Systems for Swallowing Function and Disorders