TransEar is an elegant, affordable, and effective answer to "Single Sided Deafness" (SSD). It looks like a conventional Behind-the Ear hearing aid, but instead of simply amplifying sound, it relies on bone conduction to transmit the sound to the better ear.
TransEar is not the first bone conduction hearing aid, but it is the first to overcome Single Sided Deafness….
- without surgery
- without bulky headbands
- without having to wear another hearing aid in the "good" ear.
How it works:
Just like a conventional hearing aid, a custom shell is made to fit in the ear canal. However, unlike a conventional aid that would simply amplify the sound, TransEar has a miniature oscillator embedded in the shell. The oscillator is positioned in the shell in such a way that it makes contact with the bony portion of the ear canal. When sound is "received" on the side of the non-functioning ear, it's converted to mechanical energy that drives the oscillator. Those signals are then transferred via the bones of the skull to the cochlea in the opposite ear.
All of this happens nearly instantaneously, but your brain knows the difference. It learns to distinguish between sounds coming in on the side of the good ear versus sounds coming in from the opposite side.
The ability to determine the specific source of a sound - left side / right side, front / back, and everything in between - is called sound localization, and many TransEar users report that they have regained this ability with TransEar.
Will TransEar work for me?
TransEar's effectiveness depends on a specific thresholds of hearing in the "better" ear, so your audiologist will evaluate your hearing in both ears. We will explain the device and the potential for improving your hearing functioning.
Important note: Because there may be an underlying medical condition causing Single Sided Deafness, your audiologist will have you seek a medical evaluation from an ENT physician or otologist and obtain a medical clearance to fit this device.