In-Q-Tel Investment in Sonitus Medical Accelerates Development of Removable Device Intended To Undetectably Transmit Sound Via the Teeth
Sonitus Medical is developing a nearly invisible In The Mouth (ITM) hearing and communication platform that relies on the principle of bone conduction to undetectably transmit sound via the teeth to the inner ear. Its SoundBite(TM) hearing system is designed to help people who are essentially deaf in one ear to rejoin the conversation of life.
"We are excited to join In-Q-Tel's notable portfolio of innovative technology companies," said
"Sonitus Medical's technology capability is an important addition to our strategic investment portfolio," said
The In-Q-Tel investment follows an earlier funding round in 2008 led by Aberdare Ventures and Novartis Venture Funds, and a previous round led by RWI Ventures.
In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the mission of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched by the CIA in 1999 as a private, independent organization, In-Q-Tel's mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of
About Sonitus Medical:
Sonitus Medical Inc. is a privately held medical device company developing the SoundBite(TM) hearing system, a non-surgical and removable hearing solution that imperceptibly transmits sound via the teeth. Relying on the principle of bone conduction, this nearly invisible in the mouth (ITM) hearing & communication platform is initially intended as a simple and non-invasive treatment for hearing disorders such as single sided deafness and tinnitus. Potential future applications include consumer and covert communications. Founded in
SoundBite(TM) hearing system is the world's first and only non-surgical and removable hearing solution that imperceptibly transmits sound via the teeth to help people who are essentially deaf in one ear to rejoin the conversation of life. A nearly invisible digital audio device, SoundBite(TM) relies on a well-established principle called bone conduction to deliver clear, high quality sound, and is intended to restore normal hearing to people with either single sided deafness, conductive, or mixed hearing loss. The SoundBite(TM) system consists of an easy to insert and remove dental retainer-like device which requires no modifications to your teeth, and a small microphone unit worn behind the ear. This device is for investigational use only and is currently undergoing clinical trials that are intended to support an initial filing for FDA 510(k) clearance for single sided deafness.
SOURCE Sonitus Medical, Inc.