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Dental hearing aid approved

17th March 2011

A new hearing aid called the SoundBite that transmits sound through a person’s teeth has been approved for use in Europe.

The device directs sound through the jawbone and into the inner ear and is placed onto the upper left or right molars and is custom-made for each patient. Conventional hearing aids use air conduction to increase the volume of sound travelling through the air, while SoundBite uses bone conduction. However, the Royal National Institute for Deaf People warned that it may not be suitable for everyone with hearing problems.

 

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