Hi all ..... thanks Gloria for sharing the link! Interesting.
I read that SoundBite website and the four accompanying links at the bottom. Here's a paragraph from the "Technology" link:
"SoundBite is designed to detect sounds using a small microphone placed within the open ear canal of the impaired ear. The nearly invisible, thin tube microphone is attached to the transmitter unit worn behind the ear. This microphone placement in the pinna or outer ear is intended to allow the SoundBite hearing system to capitalize on the natural acoustic ability of the outer ear to capture and direct sound into the open ear. SoundBite system hearing is intended to provide clear, high fidelity sound and is designed to restore normal hearing to patients."
So to answer several previous questions .... there is not only a behind-the-ear transmitter to the tooth thingy, but also an in-the-ear microphone.
Some of you, as I am, are curious about this device while eating. One of the places where capturing conversation is most difficult for us SSD-ers is at restaurants. The website doesn't mention anything about eating while wearing. I'm guessing that, like most oral appliances, it's left in while eating .... but do you also capture increased sounds of chewing? Since the teeth are connected to the jaw bone .... and the jaw bone is connected to the skull bone .... and the ...... well, you get the idea .... I can't imagine NOT hearing all that noise in my mouth.
One last thing .... the baha post is permanently connected to skull, as Jan mentioned, thereby creating a direct path for sound vibrations. What ensures that SoundBite's retainer thingy is always tightly against the teeth, making for that all-important contact for max vibration transmission?
So, any of you that do try this device .... please let us know answers from the SoundBite experts .... as well as your thoughts (which might be more important).