Feb 042010

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Years ago we sent an email news article about work being done to develop a hearing aid anchored in a tooth.  Now that concept is in the news again with a device designed for people who are deaf in one ear due to injury to the outer ear.

A company called Sonitus has developed the SoundBite behind-the-ear hearing aid, which picks up sounds and transmits them to a unit worn in the mouth.  The unit uses “teeth and bone in the mouth and jaw” to help transmit sound to the inner ear.

One of the advantages touted by the company is that SoundBite would not require any surgery.  Clinical trials are still underway.

– Thanks to NVRC, Fairfax