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Intraoral Hearing Aid - Tooth Phone Auditory Device

Dental bone conduction hearing + intraoral electronics

Tooth Phone Auditory Device (TPAD) is non-surgical hearing aid alternative to the Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA). Sound from an ear-level microphone transmits rf signals to an intraoral demodulator and actuator. Sound (vibrations) conducted to cochlea with intelligibilty better than or equal to that from BAHA. Useful in certain kinds of hearing loss and deafness. See NIDCD STTR project - TPAD

Type of project: industry


Involved Persons:

Project Leader: Barry Mersky, DDS (Audiodontics)
Other involved People: Univ. of Maryland Department of Prosthodontics


Is the project funded?yes
Funding source:National Institute of Deafness and Communication (NIDCD)

Other information:

Duration of project:12 months
Papers related to project:Abstract @ nih crisp sttr 2009
Personnel needed:1. Audiologists and ENT familiar with BAHA, single-sided deafness, hearing loss, tinnitus. 2. Dentists familiar with electronics and intraoral battery powered devices.
Expertise sought:1. Battery selection and potting for intraoral useage (dental-related expertise). 2. Bio-engineers and clinicians with expertise in bone conduction mechanics.

DIOC user:

barry mersky (8 star_purple), Audiodontics Inc
barry mersky's interests: research methods, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, intraoral battery-powered electronic devices , bone conduction sound


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