Linnea Fiterer, a 21-year-old art history student in Moorhead, was hit in the head by a softball in June 2011. The force of the ball colliding with her skull caused her to collapse and subsequent bleeding in her head was a major concern.
After a few days of observation, Linnea was released from the hospital and underwent months of physical therapy. She noticed progress in regaining most of her abilities affected by the trauma, but her hearing was never restored and she was told that she suffered from a permanent hearing loss.
Cases like this are not uncommon. The millions who suffer from SSD are either born with the condition or become deaf in one ear as a result of illness or trauma -- but now, new technology is doing much more than helping cope with their unilateral hearing loss.
A removable device called SoundBite is fitted inside a patient's mouth and it acts as a conductor of sound by making use of bone conduction technology that transmits clear, natural, high quality sound to the ear via your own teeth.
Many familiar sounds are heard through bone conduction, such as chattering your teeth, crunching on potato chips, or scratching your scalp. Bone conduction has long been recognized as one of the most effective methods for bringing sound to patients with SSD. That's the thinking behind the SoundBite Hearing System, making it an attractive option for people like Linnea Fiterer.