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Israeli technology offers communication solutions for patients with severe ALS disease

An EyeControl device is put on a patient. (Photo: EyeControl)

Israel’s medical technology company Eye control has developed innovative solutions to meet the communication and personal needs of ALS patients.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a serious, chronic disease that damages the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The patient’s condition gradually worsens and their ability to speak, move, breathe and eat is severely impaired due to the loss of muscle control.

EyeControl’s wearable device even allows patients on ventilators to communicate with their family members and medical staff using eye gestures and a bone conduction headset.

In addition, the revolutionary medical technology improves the quality of life of seriously ill patients by allowing them to hear recorded messages from loved ones and listen to their favorite music. The main purpose of EyeControl’s revolutionary solutions is to improve the human experience and prevent cognitive decline in patients.

EyeControl’s products also improved the lives of Israeli soldiers during the war.

Michal Finkelstein, a trained speech and language expert and product specialist at EyeControl, recalled how the company was able to help Yoav Tzivoni, an Israeli soldier who was seriously injured during a battle in Gaza. Tzivoni only woke up after six months of treatment in the intensive care unit of Assuta Ashdod University Hospital.

“I was shaking with excitement when the nurse texted me and said Yoav wanted his music!” Finkelstein said.

Tzvika Lavi, a religious IDF soldier who has since died from war injuries, also benefited from EyeControl’s innovative solutions, enabling his wife and children to communicate with him while he was being treated in the hospital.

“When his wife, an occupational therapist, heard about the device, she said, ‘Yalla, let’s go!’ She and the girls had already recorded messages to be transferred to the device. His wife told me that Tzvika was very religious. She told me it comforted her to know that even on Shabbat he could hear her voice and the voices of his children and parents. I almost started crying…” Finkelstein recalls.

Dr. Ami Mayo, Head of the Intensive Care Unit at Assuta Hospital, emphasized the benefits of this medical technology in improving the quality of life,

“In critical care, we face barriers to communicating with patients,” Mayo explained, adding that he hopes the use of EyeControl’s products will continue to spread worldwide, as “disorientation and inability to communicate can lead to delirium and post-traumatic stress disorder after an ICU stay. He would like to see every ICU patient have this device,” he estimated.

Despite its small size, Israel popped up As a leading player In medical technology And worldwide Healthcare.


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