From pills to bio-electronics: a wearable neurostimulator for the personalised treatment of chronic pain
Chronic pain is a major health problem and a leading cause of disability. More than 150 million Europeans experience chronic pain, which diminishes their quality of life and adds additional costs to the healthcare systems. It is expected that the number of patients will increase as the population ages. Existing conventional treatments have a partial impact making the need for viable solutions crucial.
The EU-funded AuriMod project is developing a wearable device for non-invasive pain management based on the electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve in the ear. Its pioneering biofeedback-controlled algorithm elaborates a patient’s physiological data in real time to automatically adjust the therapy, accounting for individual patient needs and continuous monitoring needs of physicians.