Otologics, LLC, a Boulder, Colorado company, wants you to know that if you have a hearing difficulty, you might be eligible to participate in their research study, to evaluate their novel device.
If you meet their selection criteria, you will undergo surgery to have a fully implantable hearing device inserted behind the ear.
Here’s how the device works:
A capsule containing a microphone and other electronics is implanted beneath the skin behind the ear. Sound is picked up by the microphone, processed and sent to a transducer in the middle ear. The transducer then causes the middle ear bones to move, much like the eardrum causes the middle ear bones to vibrate in response to sound waves.
You will charge the implant battery by simply placing a charging device over the skin at the location of the implant. The charger unit contains a convenient belt clip. A remote control turns the implant on and off and controls the volume.