Did you know that your dentist, using the latest technology, can make you a dental mold to build a dental retainer which would help you hear on one deaf ear?
Susie Reust lost the hearing in her right ear due to a brain abscess—and says she lost much of her life as well. “It’s very isolating. People think you’re stupid because you don’t respond to them,” says the 45-year-old financial manager for a hospital chain in Phoenix.
In January, Ms. Reust tried a new hearing system that transmits sounds wirelessly through the teeth. Leaving the audiologist’s office, she says she almost cried when she heard a sound on her right—high heels clicking on the sidewalk—for the first time in 10 years.”To this day, I’m constantly clicking a pen near my right ear, just for the joy of hearing it,” she says.
The system, SoundBite, consists of an easy to insert and remove retainer containing a micro hearing device – which is custom made to fit around the upper, left or right, back teeth – and a small (behind-the-ear) microphone unit. No modifications to the teeth are required.
It isn’t a hearing aid, which amplifies sound in frequencies where peoples’ hearing is diminished. It is aimed instead at people who are completely deaf in one ear, often because of a problem in the cochlea, the spiral-shaped structure in the inner ear. About 8 million Americans were born with single-sided deafness and another 1.5 million developed it later in life, sometimes overnight for mysterious reasons. SoundBite can also help people with unrepeatable conductive hearing loss, which can be caused by trauma to the ear drum or chronic ear infections.
In dentistry experience and Continuing Education are everything. Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Practicing General Dentistry and 25 years in Orthodontics. She has thousands of hours of advanced training. In 2000, Academy of General Dentistry awarded Dr. Carter a Certificate of Mastership (MAGD) in General Dentistry. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement. Dr. Carter is a Certified and Preferred Provider of Invisalign. She has successfully treated over 320 patients with Invisalign.