A new study in The Laryngoscope shows SoundBite™ offers advantages over traditional surgically
implanted devices for patients with single-sided deafness.
The study, “The SoundBite Hearing System: Patient-Assessed Safety and Benefit Study,” reports the experience of 34 patients who wore SoundBite regularly for 6 months. At the end of the trial period, patients completed a self-assessment and a standardized hearing aid benefit questionnaire.
At the 6-month follow-up, 100% of patients stated they would likely recommend SoundBite to other patients with single-sided deafness; 90% reported hearing improvement on their deaf side, and over 80% reported improved hearing in noisy situations and improved communication in group settings.
The study concludes that SoundBite offers advantages over many traditional devices in that it does not require surgical placement, and that it provides a high level of patient satisfaction over a 6-month period of regular use.
SoundBite transmits sound using bone conduction to restore the sensation of hearing in both ears. Unlike other devices that route sound through skull bones, SoundBite uses the patient’s teeth to transfer sound from the impaired ear to the working ear. This system removes the need for a surgical implant in the skull, eliminating the costs and complications of surgery.
SOURCE: Sonitus Medical Inc