How can sound help to diagnose an invisible medical emergency? What if we completely transformed how we get our queues and confirmation!?

Seizures have been historically detected by a patient’s obvious physical convulsions, or by reading a complicated EEG correctly, a series of erratic lines that reflect brain wave activity for which people need to be extensively trained to interpret.

But the Ceribell Rapid Response EEG translates brain waves into sound!

It’s a sort of “brain stethoscope” allowing medical professionals to enlist another of their senses in order to detect silent seizures. Turns out we now have the technology to hear seizures and this advancement makes it so that even the most novice of individuals can detect a “silent seizure” (one with no physical convulsions) with an accuracy of 97%!

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The standard practice for diagnosing one of these silent seizures can take a hefty amount of time. In the awesome article that Stanford University put out introducing the device, Nathan Collins reports that the process goes something like this…

“First, a trained technician comes in, sets up sensors on a patient’s skull to record the brain’s electrical activity, then makes a recording and sends it to a neurology specialist . . . for analysis. By the time the diagnosis comes in, hours may have passed. After hours or in smaller hospitals, the process can take even longer – for one thing, a technician may have to come from hours away just to set up the equipment.” 1

What could happen to the patient in that amount of time? Imagine the improvement to outcomes!

Josef Parvizi, a professor of neurology, and Chris Chafe, a professor of music at the university have developed a sort of “brain stethoscope”. This device enables any medical professional to quickly detect a seizure trying to sneak by without any notable external symptoms in as little as 6 minutes. 2

So how do they do this? Here’s Stanford’s video on the Ceribell Rapid Response EEG.

Via: Stanford  3

Amazing, right? You can read more about the inspiration for the Ceribell Rapid Response EEG in that really cool article we mentioned earlier from Stanford University.

It may even motivate you to know that one of the minds behind this technology has also created music out of climate change data and the carbon dioxide generated by ripening tomatoes. You can listen to all of this and more on Chris Chafe’s website!

Or, just listen to the Tomato Quintet here:

With new innovations like this being developed, our ability to use our natural senses is becoming enhanced.

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  1. Collins, Nathan. “Brain Stethoscope Listens for Silent Seizures.” Stanford News. Stanford University, 22 Mar. 2018. Web. 29 Mar. 2018. <>.
  2. Ceribell – Rapid Response EEG. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2018. <>.
  3. “Stanford Researchers Develop “brain Stethoscope” to Detect Silent Seizures.”YouTube. Stanford, 20 Mar. 2018. Web. 29 Mar. 2018. <>.
  4. “Tomato Quintet.” Chris Chafe. N.p., 08 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Mar. 2018. <>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.