Medical Breakthroughs Reported by Click here to go to the homepage.
Be the First to Know. Click here to subscribe FREE!
Search Reports: Use quotation marks around your multi-word search terms in the box below to perform search of
Advances in health and medicine.Use " marks around search terms
What's New
News Flash
  Alternative Health
Asthma & Allergies
Breast Cancer
Cardiovascular Health
Children's Health
Dental Health
Fertility & Pregnancy
Men's Health
Mental Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurological Disorders
Nutrition & Wellness
Pet Health
Seniors' Health
Sports Medicine
Women's Health
Advances in health and medicine.
Click here to sign up for Medical Alerts!
Click below to access other news from Ivanhoe Broadcast News.
  Click here to get Ivanhoe's Medical Headline RSS feed Click here to listen to Ivanhoe's Medical Podcasts
Useful Links
Play It Again, Please
E-Mail a Friend
Order Books Online
Inside Science
Smart Woman
Advances in health and medicine.
Smart Woman Home
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Smart Woman Home
Advances in health and medicine.
Click below to learn about Ivanhoe.
About Us
Contact Us
Ivanhoe FAQ
Our TV Partners
Travel Calendar
Advances in health and medicine.
Ivanhoe celebrates 20 years of medical news reporting reaching nearly 80 million TV households each week. Click here to learn more...
Advances in health and medicine.
Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
Advances in health and medicine.
Neurological Disorders Channel
Reported January 14, 2013

Unlocking Voices Of the “Locked-In”

PORTLAND, Oreg. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Fully aware of his surroundings, but unable to communicate; he’s locked-in.  Now, new technology is helping the accident victim unlock his voice.

A car crash, then a stroke left this champion wrestler, college student, and army communications specialist locked-in.

Now, Greg Bieker communicates with his eyes.

Using a chart, those closest to him can figure out what Greg is saying. 

It’s tedious and time consuming.  Greg can only communicate when someone else is in the room.

Now researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University Brain Institute are using this brain-computer interface to give people like Greg more freedom.

Greg puts on a cap with electrodes.

“The computer detects changes.  That change is noted as basically a mouse click,” Aimee R. Mooney, M.S., CCC-SLP/L at the Oregon Health and Science University, told Ivanhoe.

“Say the word is “the,” when he sees that ‘t’ he needs to think yeah! Or he thinks t and that creates a spike in the brain signal that the computer can recognize,” Betts Peters, Speech-language Pathologist at the Oregon Health & Science University, told Ivanhoe.

Like texting on a smartphone, the technology can predict words. Soon it could also predict whole sentences and possibly do even more for Greg.

“Maybe change the channel in a TV or the volume,” Kelly Jo Stransky, Greg’s caregiver, told Ivanhoe.

We asked Greg why he’s doing this; his response, “to help people less fortunate than himself.”

Brain Institute officials believe locked-in patients are just the beginning.  Currently in trials, this technology could also be used to help people with advanced Lou Gehrig’s disease, severe Parkinson’s, MS, and spinal cord injuries.   MORE

More Information

Click here for additional research on  Unlocking Voices of the "Locked-In"

Click here for Ivanhoe's full-length interview with Dr. Aimee R. Mooney

If this story or any other Ivanhoe story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Andrew Mcintosh at

Related Articles in Latest Medical News:

 Doctor Contact
Medical Alerts!

[ Back to Neurological Disorders Channel Home ]

Most Recent Videos

Follow Us On:

Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Twitter page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Facebook page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's YouTube page

Home | What's New | News Flash | Search/Latest Medical News | E-Mail Medical Alerts!
Ivanhoe FAQ | Privacy Policy | Our TV Partners | Awards | Useful Links | Play It Again, Please
RSS Feeds | Advertising/Sponsorships | Content Syndication | Reprints

Advances in health and medicine.
Copyright © 2016 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.
2745 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 740-0789

P.O. Box 865
Orlando, Florida 32802

Premium Content in Latest Medical News Denotes Premium Content in Latest Medical News