Lantos Technologies has introduced the first FDA-approved 3D ear canal scanner, which will enable audiologists to measure their patients’ ears for better-fitting hearing aids. The 3D ear scanning system can quickly and accurately map out the inside of the ear, streamlining the process of obtaining ear topology measurements for custom-fit in-ear devices.
It is composed of a portable handheld scanner with a video otoscope for visualization and navigation of the ear canal. Images are captured and a 3D scan of the ear is generated using state-of-the-art optics and stitching algorithms in under a minute.
This technology would replace the current time-consuming process, whereby audiologists generate an impression of the patient’s ear using a resin-based substance. This messy substance is injected into the ear canal where it solidifies. The removal of the mold can be uncomfortable and may also cause distortion of the impression’s shape.
The 3D ear scanning system, which will be commercially available later this year, was developed and tested in collaboration with audiologists and hearing device manufacturers. It is expected to drive innovation in the hearing aid, consumer audio, industrial noise protection, military, and communication markets. You can check it out in the video below: