The sensitivity of bone conduction for dental implants

Dental implants are connected to the alveolar bone by osseointegration. Dental implants could be used as a potential bone conduction (BC) hearing assistive device in the mouth. However, the BC threshold of dental implants has not been reported. The present study aimed to examine the pure tone auditory thresholds of normal human subjects to BC stimulation of the implants.
Dental implants showed a significantly lower BC threshold than natural teeth and mastoids. Mandibular dental implants had BC sensitivity similar to that of maxillary dental implants. The BC threshold of anterior dental implants was significantly lower than that of posterior dental implants. Dental implants exhibited excellent BC properties.
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Ren F, Li Y, Chen L, Huang J, Tao J The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 152, 1389 (2022);
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