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Sound aid to eyesight.

A DEVICE that helps people use sounds to build images in their brain could be used as an alternative to invasive treatment for the blind, scientists say.

A team from Bath University's psychology department asked blindfolded sighted participants to use the vOICE sensory substitution device during an eye test.

Results showed they achieved the best possible performance - despite no training - with the device, which was invented by Dr Peter Meijer, of the Netherlands.

Dr Michael Proulx, who led the team, said: "Sensory substitution devices are not only an alternative, but might also be best employed in combination with invasive techniques to train the brain to see again or for the first time."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 8, 2013
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