Sonitus Medical has developed a non-surgical and removable hearing prosthetic device to treat single sided deafness and conductive hearing loss.
The SoundBite Hearing System functions by a natural principle called bone conduction where the imperceptible sound vibrations are transmitted through bones to the inner ears.
The hearing system comprises two units including an easy to insert and remove in-the-mouth hearing device and a small behind-the-ear (BTE) microphone unit.
The BTE microphone unit picks sound waves from the outer ear where it is digitally processed and sent to in-the-mouth hearing device where they are converted to imperceptible sound vibrations that travel either via the upper, left or right back teeth, through bone and then to the cochlea.
Sound bypasses the middle and outer ear entirely to restore the perception of hearing from the impaired ear.