(KARE) - A big dinner around a crowded table can be a frustrating experience for those who can only hear out of one ear.
It can be tough to hear who is talking, but now there's a new,
non-surgical hearing device that may help. And it's worn in the mouth.
Alissa Montzka, 17, of Forest Lake, is deaf in her left ear,
something her parents have known since she was four after she tried to
talk to a cousin on the phone.
"She wouldn't respond. We'd ask her, 'Say something, Alissa. You
know, your cousin is talking to you.' Finally she handed the phone back
and said, 'My ear doesn't work,'" Alissa's dad Tim Montzka said.
But now a SoundBite has changed her life.
"It's pretty weird. My dad whispered to me from across the room and I could hear him," Alissa said.
SoundBite is the name of this new, discreet device actually worn in the mouth. It's made by Sonitus Medical.