The SoundBite Hearing System is the world’s first non-surgical and removable hearing solution to use the well-established principle of bone conduction to imperceptibly transmit sound via the teeth. It is intended to help patients who are essentially deaf in one ear regain spatial hearing ability and rejoin the conversation of life. Nearly invisible when worn, the SoundBite system consists of an easy to insert and remove ITM (in-the-mouth) hearing device – which is custom made to fit around the upper, left or right, back teeth – and a small BTE (behind-the-ear) microphone unit.
Bone Conduction Technology
SoundBite™ is a bone conduction prosthetic hearing device. Prosthetic hearing devices produce the perception of sound by replacing the function of the middle ear, cochlea, or auditory nerve. As long as one cochlea is functional, SoundBite Hearing System allows sound to travel via the teeth, through the bones, to the functioning cochlea, bypassing the middle and outer ear entirely. By using bone conduction via the teeth, SoundBite is intended to help patients who suffer from Single Sided Deafness or Conductive Hearing Loss rejoin the conversation of life, all without surgery.
If you are interested in learning more about Soundbite and determining if you are a candidate, please contact our partner Ear, Nose and Throat Physician Dr. Todd Proctor for an evaluation and consultation. Or you can visit www.soundbitehearing.com. You will need to get approved by Dr. Proctor before you visit with Rochester Advanced Dentistry for the actual treatment.
Proctor ENT, PLC
2251 N. Squirrel Road, Ste 105
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(248) 648-8100 Fax (248) 648-8060
How it works
- SoundBite detects sound using a tiny microphone placed in an open-fit dome within the ear canal of the impaired ear. This nearly invisible microphone is attached by a thin tube to a transmitter unit called a BTE worn behind-the-ear. Placing the microphone in the ear canal allows the SoundBite Hearing System to capitalize on the natural acoustic benefit provided by the patient’s own pinna or outer ear to capture and direct sound.
- Once sound is captured by the microphone, it is processed by the BTE digital audio device. The BTE wirelessly transmits sound to the removable ITM (in-the-mouth) hearing device, which is custom made for the patient’s own teeth. The ITM hearing device in turn uses advanced technology to produce imperceptible sound vibrations that are conducted via the teeth, through bone, to the both cochleae. In this way, the SoundBite Hearing System is intended to provide clear, high fidelity sound and thus restore normal hearing to patients who are essentially deaf in one ear, with no surgery or modifications to the teeth required.
- SoundBite Hearing System is intended for patients who suffer from Single Sided Deafness or Conductive Hearing Loss and seek a non-surgical, non-invasive, hearing device that delivers high fidelity sound. If you would like more information about key features of this innovative technology, visit www.soundbitehearing.com.
- No surgery required. SoundBite is simple, removable, and totally non-invasive. Patients need no dental work or alterations to their teeth depending on the state of their dental health.
- Virtually invisible. No one will be able to tell patients are wearing it.
- Clinically proven to improve the ability to hear and understand speech, even in noisy environments.
- Takes advantage of the natural sound processing capability of the patient’s own inner ear as the microphone is placed in the ear canal of the deaf ear.
- Broad frequency response range up to 12 kHz.
- Comfortable. Each easy-to-wear SoundBite device is custom made. Patients will barely notice they’re wearing it as they can continue to eat, drink, and bite down normally.
To begin the SoundBite treatment process, the patient must contact a SoundBite ENT (Ear, Nose, & Throat) physician in his/her local area. The treatment process involves three simple steps explained below:
1) Visit a SoundBite Physician/Audiologist for Evaluation
The path to better hearing begins with a visit to a SoundBite Ear, Nose, & Throat doctor. This physician can also be known as an ENT doctor, otolaryngologist, or otologist, and specializes in hearing loss treatment for conditions such as single-sided deafness. The initial visit will begin with an evaluation to determine if SoundBite Hearing System is recommended. This visit will likely include a hearing exam and discussion of the patient’s unique hearing needs. If SoundBite is prescribed, the patient will be referred to a SoundBite Partner Dentist (who works in partnership with the physician) for a dental check-up and impression of the teeth.
2) Visit a SoundBite Partner Dentist
The SoundBite Partner Dentist will perform a routine dental health check-up to ensure the patient is in good oral health. Once the dentist determines the patient is well-suited for SoundBite, a simple, partial dental impression will be taken. The dental impression will then be sent to Sonitus Medical where a custom made hearing device will be created.
From the patient’s own, unique dental impression, Sonitus Medical will make an ITM (in-the-mouth) hearing device. The device fits around the upper teeth – either the left side or the right – and will fit comfortably and securely as it is molded to the unique specifications of the patient’s teeth and mouth.
Creating the custom device will take about 2 weeks.
3) Return to the Audiologist and Enjoy A New World of Sound
When the SoundBite system – including the custom ITM device – is ready, it is now time for the patient to return to the ENT’s office for a personalized appointment, which will confidently prepare the patient for a new world of sound.
Typically, the patient will be seen by the ENT’s in-office audiologist. The audiologist is trained to program, adjust, and teach the patient about SoundBite Hearing System so the patient will be ready to snap it on and go!
During this appointment the audiologist will:
- Program the device
- Provide the patient with the full SoundBite system (including the system charger and carrying cases for the BTE and ITMs)
- Show the patient how to charge the components and clean the device
- Answer any questions about SoundBite
Treatment with SoundBite is simple and easy, preparing patients to enjoy a new world of sound.
To learn more about the SoundBite Hearing System and the treatment process, visit www.soundbitehearing.com.