Hearing aid you wear on your tooth


30 Responses to “Hearing aid you wear on your tooth”

  1. gijoel says:

    What if you want to eat with one of these things on? I imagine chewing could be hard.

    And what if you only have dentures?

  2. Anonymous says:

    then you’re screwed. not every solution is going to work for every person. i’m hoping like hell these work for my dad, the current state of hearing aids is barely adequate for his needs.

  3. Gisburne says:

    Hearing aids work by amplifying TINY sounds so a point where the can be heard. So you put this right inside the body’s best generator of LARGE sounds, your mouth, and as soon as you shout something it will crack your skull open. Where can I watch and wait for this to happen?

    • Gisburne says:

      However, since I’m sure the people have been yelling directly into the old-style hearing aids of deaf people for years, I’m sure it’s something which isn’t a problem. I assume that feedback has also been factored in?

  4. IamInnocent says:

    Perfect for hearing out important messages from the alien mother ship!

  5. dougp says:

    I can’t hear you very well. I think I need to floss my hearing aid.

  6. Anonymous says:

    the mic isn’t in your mouth, it’s behind your ear. so how would your own voice rattle your head again?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Especially handy if your hearing loss is associated with the loss of your outer ear.

  8. Anonymous says:

    tis shiznit is kool bruu

  9. holtt says:

    Smacks self with large Trout of Shame for not catching that bluetooth joke…

  10. wobblesthegoose says:

    Does it have bluetooth?

  11. holtt says:

    wobblesthegoose asks, “Does it have bluetooth?”

    I dunno if these do, but some behind the ear ones have bluetooth. I’ve got the $1600 (each) models that don’t have it, but my brother has ones (more like $2k each) that do. He can put a little bluetooth mic up on a table during a meeting, and even stream audio from his MP3 player.

    I’d dearly love to have mine integrate with my iPhone. Like have little voices whisper in my ear when I get new email, messages, tell me the name or number of incoming calls, meeting reminders, etc.

    • wobblesthegoose says:

      You see it’s funny because it’s called bluetooth and then these fit on your teeth. And then there’s the joke of asking “But does it have bluetooth?” on products that couldn’t possibly have bluetooth. It works on so many levels.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is bone conduction, like the old BoneFones. I use a TransEar device for single-sided deafness, same principle, but microphone behind ear is wired to a transducer that fits snugly deep into the deaf ear, to vibrate the skull, and this sound is picked up in the other good ear’s cochlea. Not going to give back stereo hearing, but at least you are (faintly) aware of sounds on your dead side (this also helps with speech recognition overall). TransEar is less scary than implanting a pin directly into your skull to get the best bone conduction. This tooth device is probably more efficient than TransEar, but I don’t think the additional trouble of something in your mouth would make better bone conduction than in-ear contact worth it.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Spit that out!
    Thats not gum.
    Thats not gum!

  14. arkizzle / Moderator says:

    ^ :D

  15. jaybell says:

    Now all we need are dentures that you can wear in your ear.

  16. Anonymous says:

    suppose you’re old and all your back teeth fell out.

  17. AudioTherapist says:

    The only problem this solves is the one of feedback due to the great distance between mic and transducer. But it creates so many more as to be a rather strange idea at this stage.

    How are you going to talk and eat with this? You’re still wearing a BTE so cosmesis is not improved. Is the perception of vibration at low frequency not going to be really annoying?

    Totally untrue about the inability to upgrade implantable devices by the by. For Cochlear Implant 90% of the heavy lifting is done by the speech processor which can be upgraded. For Bone Anchored hearing aids it’s literally a clip off and replace job, done in seconds.

    This will get really impressive only if they implant it in the jaw as a molar replacement with piezoelectric charging through the device itself & a mic implanted in the ear canal.

    • dculberson says:

      It’s pretty awesome that it requires no surgery, though. If it can replace a bone-anchored or cochlear implant with similar fidelity and no surgery, it might be worth while for some people. I’m sure you have to take it out while you eat, which is a pain. But you also don’t have a permanent open wound on the back of your head like a Baha.

      • AudioTherapist says:

        I agree the no surgery part sounds great.

        From their website they’re claiming a frequency range of 250 – 12,000 Hz which sounds fishy to me. Most bone conductors top out at around 6,000, including Bone Anchored and Bodyworn devices with more powerful power sources. Getting a BC transducer to vibrate at 12KHz is no mean feat, you can pretty much bet there will be almost zero gain to play with, i.e. the functioning ear will need to be perfect for this to work.

        Also the BTE looks quite a beast to me. I currently fit wireless CROS/BICROS hearing aids far smaller than that looks to be. Ok you do need to wear two but the cost/benefit analysis here seems like it’s likely to be seriously askew.

  18. ikoino says:

    Ah yes, science fiction becoming reality. In this case, it is Hugo Gernsback:

    “Among Gernsback’s other inventions (he held 80 patents by the time he died) were the Hypnobioscope, for “sleep-learning,” and the Osophone, an early bone conductor hearing aid. “

  19. Halloween Jack says:

    I kind of like the idea of having a hearing aid implanted in my skull. It’s so Borgy.

  20. climbtree says:

    there was something called a bonephone once, you wore it over your collarbones and it worked via the same principle. there must’ve been some obvious reason why it didn’t take off, having speakers built into your clothing playing sound only you can hear would be fairly useful

  21. nigex says:

    A few things strike me here (hear?):

    a) This is a fantastic device for spooks of all kinds, who normally give themselves away by putting their finger on their earpiece to hear another agent talking to them on the radio. You’d never be able to tell if they were using one of these.

    b) It would be great for secretly listening to, for example, Test Match Special at work, if your boss had banned radios.

    c) Why not pair it with your mobile phone? If equipped with a microphone as well, you could dispense with the bluetooth headset.

    d) What happens when you swallow it? Which you definitely (deafinitely?) will at some stage. Would you really want to find it afterwards?

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Weird. Interesting concept. But, I really don’t like the idea of putting things in my mouth. It takes me back to when I wore braces on top of wearing giant bte hearing aids. Yikes.


  23. BookGuy says:

    “Yeah, man, I can totally taste what you’re saying.”

  24. bolamig says:

    Bonefone was much more hype than reality; you need a solid mechanical connection to do bone conduction and the foam padding on the Bonefone case stopped that dead.

    This is what impresses me about the what I’ll call the Blue Tooth. With a proper mold by a dentist the Blue Tooth could fit extremely tightly, and the mold could be made of a hard material to transmit sound well.

    But really this thing needs to be shrunk a bit more and implanted invisibly in some hole in the head.

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