The Molar Mic

Having expended great effort to try, unfortunately without success, to become a Dental Laboratory Technologist, I am still fascinated by all innovations dental. You’d be surprised at how many there are. Needless to say, they rarely grab headlines.

But when a friend sent me this article about the Molar Mic, I was floored. Here you have a mic that fits on your back molar, and can not only transmit what you say, but also receive sound. That’s the fascinating part for me. Because you aren’t hearing those sounds through your ear, you’re hearing them through your bones. It never occurred to me that that was even possible. The sound vibrates through your skull right by your auditory nerve, and apparently with practice you can hear it quite well.

Now the Pentagon is interested. (Damn, but I wish I got in on the ground floor of that stock!) Apparently this thing has been tested out in Afghanistan and also during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, with very favorable results.

Imagine being able to communicate hands free, in a wide variety of environments, without even having to worry about dropping a device that is attached to your person. Imagine hearing things that other people can’t without having to worry about your sanity. The possibilities are endless.

Could this technology take a nefarious turn? Sure. Spying. Terrorism. Being recorded without your consent. It’s all possible, and, sadly, that’s  why this research will most likely continue to be funded.

But I’m imagining how this technology might evolve. I picture myself driving down the highway, discussing with my husband whether or not I need to bring home a gallon of milk. Sure, people might think I’m talking to myself, but hey, I’ve been known to do that anyway.

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4 thoughts on “The Molar Mic

  1. Angiportus

    Well, I’m glad to hear you can take it out and turn it off…I understand that the bones in our ears are derived from the more complicated jawbones that critters had during the Mesozoic or earlier. You can use a screwdriver as a stethoscope if you put the end of the handle under your jawbone and the business end up against the machine you want to hear the innards of. Keeping the safety of the rest of you in mind, that is.

  2. Barbara, this was a really interesting article. The first thing I thought of was use of the molar mic for the hearing-impaired, but perhaps that would not work, as it is not mentioned in the article. The truth is that present hearing aids don’t work all that well. With so many people (Baby Boomers) reaching that age and stage in life, I hope that hearing aids will either be improved or be replaced by better technology. Perhaps some kind of implant would work better.

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