SoundBite: First Ever Non-Surgical Dental Hearing

SoundBiteThe first ever non-surgical hearing device has been approved in Europe.

The dental hearing aid, dubbed SoundBite, transmits sounds through a person’s teeth through the jawbone and inner ear.

The device, which is custom-made for each consumer, is placed onto the upper left or right molars in the mouth.

But despite its approval the Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID) warns that it looks extremely uncomfortable and that it will not be suitable for everyone with a hearing difficulty.

The mechanism, made by Sonitus Medical Company, is believed to be the first ever non-surgical device to use bone conduction. Most conventional hearing aids use air conduction.

The sound is transmitted wirelessly to the prosthetic in the mouth after a network of mini microphones placed behind the impaired ear pick up the sound and cancel out the environment noise.

 

The device sends the vibrations through the teeth and bones directly to the bypassing the middle and outer ear.

There are six million people in the UK alone who require a hearing aid and only two million of them actually wear one.

Angela King, RNID senior audiology adviser, is sceptical how the device will be perceived in the UK. She said: “Just by looking at it, you can’t imagine it being very comfortable. If they do not like conventional hearing aids, they are not going to like this either because it involves wearing something behind the ear as well.”

There are no reports as of yet what or how much the Hearing aid price would be.

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