How Does SoundBite™ Work?
The Well Established Principle of Bone Conduction
Sound vibrations, like waves that ripple across water's surface, travel through a medium. We hear the world around us when sound waves travel through the medium of either air, or our bones/teeth, to arrive at our inner ears. SoundBite Hearing System works by making innovative use of this well-established, natural principle that hearing professionals call bone conduction – the transmission of imperceptible sound vibrations through your bones to your inner ears – to deliver clear, natural, high quality sound. You hear many sounds through bone conduction already, for example when you chatter your teeth, crunch on potato chips, or scratch your scalp.
SoundBite Hearing System in Detail
Nearly invisible when worn, SoundBite Hearing System consists of two components: 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 worn on the impaired ear. No dental work or modifications to the teeth are required. Both components have rechargeable batteries and a charger is also provided.
How SoundBite Imperceptibly Transmits Sound
Your own outer ear has natural acoustic benefits as it effectively collects and channels sound from the environment into the ear canal. To take advantage of this, a tiny microphone is placed within the canal of the impaired ear and is connected by a nearly invisible tube to the BTE.
The BTE uses a digital signal processor to process the sound and a wireless chip to transmit the sound signals to the ITM. Once the ITM picks up the signals, it in turn converts them into imperceptible sound vibrations that travel via the teeth, through bone, and to your cochlea, nearly simultaneously. In this way, sound is re-routed from your impaired ear directly to your good cochlea – bypassing the middle and outer ear entirely – to effectively restore the perception of hearing from your impaired ear.
If you suffer from single sided deafness or Conductive Hearing Loss, SoundBite Hearing System may be the ideal choice for you.
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