The device, which has a video otoscope on the tip, is inserted into the ear canal. Once positioned, a liquid is pumped into the membrane surrounding the tip, which expands and fills the canal’s volume. The camera is then slowly retracted and images its surroundings as it moves. Below is a video demonstrating the technology.
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Developed and tested in collaboration with audiologists and hearing device manufacturers, the 3D Ear Scanning System is poised to drive innovation in the hearing aid, consumer audio, industrial noise protection, military and communication markets. “This is a technology that will greatly improve the audiologist`s ability to map the dimensions of a patient`s ear and ear canal,” said Brian Fligor, Sc.D., Director of Diagnostic Audiology at Boston Children`s Hospital. “The Lantos System makes it easier and safer to map deep into the ear canal, which is a necessity for devices that sit deeply in the ear canal, including popular, but challenging, invisible hearing devices.” The 3D Ear Scanning System will be commercially available later this year.