KevinMD May 20, 2024
Harvey Castro, MD, MBA

Apple’s recent patent application for a biosensing device integrated into their earbuds opens up numerous possibilities for health care. This innovative technology aims to measure various biological signals from users, including EEG, EMG, EOG, ECG, GSR, and BVP. Here’s how each of these technologies can be harnessed to improve health care:

1. Electroencephalography (EEG). Recording brain waves, EEG sensors in earbuds can monitor brain activity in real time. This capability can be used for:

  • Mental health monitoring: Detecting early signs of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and epilepsy by identifying abnormal brain wave patterns.
  • Sleep studies: Tracking brain activity during sleep to diagnose sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea.
  • Neurofeedback therapy: Providing real-time feedback to help...

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