Tactile vestibular substitution via the tongue

This project demonstrated the feasibility of using vestibular sensory substitution to aid persons with bilateral vestibular dysfunction and other balance disorders. Experimental results are published.

Project Publications

  1. Y. P. Danilov, M. E. Tyler and K. A. Kaczmarek, Vestibular sensory substitution using tongue electrotactile display, in Human Haptic Perception: Basics and Applications, M. Grunwald, Ed. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser Verlag, pp. 467-480, 2008.
  2. Y.P. Danilov, M.E. Tyler, K.L. Skinner, R.A. Hogle, and P. Bach-y-Rita, Efficacy of electrotactile vestibular substitution in patients with peripheral and central vestibular loss, J. Vestib. Res., 16:119-130, 2007.
  3. M. Tyler, Y. Danilov and P. Bach-y-Rita, Closing an open-loop control system: Vestibular substitution through the tongue, J. Integrat. Neurosci.,  2:159-164, 2003.

Project Note

This technology is known as the BrainPort™ Balance Device by Wicab, Inc.

Our Research

Founded in 1992, the Tactile Com­mu­nication & Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (TCNL) is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We are a research center that uses the experience of many different areas of science to study the theory and application of applied neuro­plasticity, the brain’s ability to re­or­ganize in response to new informa­tion, needs, and pathways.

Our research is aimed at developing solutions for sensory and motor disorder rehabilitation.