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Utah teen invents device to help protect preemies' hearing

June 21, 2019 05:37 PM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -  A 14-year-old Utah girl has invented a new cap for premature babies that protects their hearing.

Olivia Washburn is the creator of a specially designed cap for preemies to wear in newborn intensive care units.

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It all started with a science project one year ago.

The cap is designed to reduce harmful sounds, and can be adjusted for a snug fit over the baby's head.

The invention has won several prestigious awards, including the $7,000 grand prize in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge.

Her main motivation came because she was a preemie baby born six weeks early.

Olivia currently has two patents pending on her cap. If testing goes well, she hopes to get it into the marketplace in about a year-and-a-half.

Read more: https://bit.ly/2NijL87.

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