Our vision is to make personalized hearing solutions available to everyone.
With the commercial release of the Lantos 3D Ear Scanning System in March 2019, Lantos has modernized and streamlined the process for creating personalized hearing products. The Lantos System uses patented technology to create a 3D digital rendering of the unique geometry of the ear, from the outer ear through the ear canal down to within 4 millimeters of the eardrum. By capturing the anatomy of each ear with digital precision, Lantos ear scans enable the production of personalized hearing products that deliver superior comfort, improved stability in the ear, enhanced audio quality, and greater feedback reduction and noise cancelation.
The Lantos System offers efficiency and technological differentiation that can be used to drive return on investment and new revenue generating opportunities while enhancing safety and comfort to end users. In 2019 more than 2500 ear scans have been performed and the patient/consumer experience has been stellar. We have earned a Net Promoter Score of 84, 78% of audiology patients say that it improves their perception of the providing clinic, and the average response to the question of “how likely are you to recommend the Lantos System” is 9.4 out of 10 (where 10 is “would definitely recommend”).
With our revolutionary 3D Ear Scanning System, Lantos is creating the new standard of care for hearing health, elevating performance for consumer audio, and enabling the next generation of innovative in-ear products. We are currently selling scanners and consumables into hearing healthcare, consumer audio and multiple branches of the military, and are developing additional products to round out a complete ecosystem that empowers our vision and leverages data to generate long-term value for our customers, partners, and shareholders.
Founded in 2009 at MIT, Lantos Technologies was conceived by technologists who believed in the power of personalized hearing devices and that new technologies could improve the process for mapping the unique geometry of the ear.
The founding team immediately began looking into scanning as an alternative to the standard earmold impression process—a process that is essentially unchanged since the late 1800s. It quickly became clear that traditional light-based scanning methods used in other medical applications are not well suited for the ear for a variety of inherent factors. These include:
- Tight confines for inserting cameras and similar devices
- Complex twists, turns and contours of the ear’s natural topography
- Physical obstacles like wax and hair
The epiphany that shaped the future of Lantos Technologies was that these challenges would all be solved by lining the ear with a thin, balloon-like material that could serve as a proxy for the ear’s unique geometry. This soft, inflatable membrane would present a uniform surface that, unlike the ear’s natural surface, could be easily, accurately, and efficiently mapped to produce a superior 3D image file. Further, the artificial surface would conform to the ear’s natural compliance, acting as a proxy for an ear device and accounting for variance in the flexibility of tissues in the ear in a way that optical scanning simply can’t. The solution, clearly, was a membrane-based scanning system.
This simple idea presented significant technical challenges to develop. However, with the conviction that membrane-based scanning was not only achievable, but also the best possible high-performing, scalable 3D ear scanning solution, the Lantos team embarked on a technology development process that would take nearly a decade to bring to market. This journey culminated in March 2019 with the US launch of the Lantos 3D Scanning System at the world’s largest gathering of audiologists, AAA 2019.
Today, Lantos is rapidly expanding its clinic members
of the Lantos Provider Network across the United States.
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