Sunday, January 30, 2011

Another Update: Hear Through Your Jawbone (SoundBite Gets FDA Approval)

In December of 2009 I wrote about the SoundBite, a proposed tooth-mounted hearing aid, and wrote an updated post in February with some more information.

Now, according to About.com Deafness, the SoundBite has received FDA approval.


There's a lot more information on their website. The In the Mouth (ITM) device can fit in the upper left or right of the mouth:
It contains electronics, a sealed, flat, rechargeable battery, wireless capability that picks up sound transmissions from the BTE, and a small actuator that converts those signals into vibratory energy. All of these miniaturized components are hermetically sealed inside a dental grade acrylic that has been safely used for making dentures for many years.
According to their press release, 95% of patients in the FDA trial were "satisfied or very satisfied" after six months.

What do you think? Would you wear an In the Mouth hearing aid?

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  2. I would definitely give it a try if it means that it will allow me to hear with my left ear. I would like to hear from others personally how this device works before trying it. I have to wonder if it will affect my speech, though.

    But, how cool is this? Technology never ceases to amaze me!

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