Earlens Hearing Aid

posted By: Earlens Web | 08.23.18

Where Can I Learn What Earlens Costs?


The price of Earlens is set by the Earlens provider. In general, Earlens are within the price range of premium hearing aids. The price typically includes follow up visits with your Earlens Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician and audiologist or hearing healthcare professional, as well as a 3-year warranty.


Earlens wearers also have access to a complimentary Earlens Concierge service. The Earlens Concierge is available to provide convenient remote support for questions about the Earlens and can be particularly helpful for new Earlens patients as they adapt to their new hearing devices.

While insurance does not always cover hearing aids, some insurance plans do include a hearing aid benefit. If you are not sure whether your insurance has a hearing aid benefit, an Earlens provider will be able to help review your policy to let you know what services might be covered. An Earlens provider will also be able to share details of any payment plans that their office offers.

Before considering the cost of Earlens, it is important to evaluate the benefit that Earlens can deliver. The first step is to visit an Earlens provider to determine whether you are a candidate for Earlens. An Earlens provider may also be able to provide a sound demonstration so that you can compare Earlens to your current hearing aids.


If you decide to try Earlens, you may be eligible for a trial period during which you can consider how much better you are hearing with Earlens. During this time, you will work closely with your Earlens audiologist, who can adjust your new hearing devices based on how well you are hearing in the listening environments that are important to you.


If you have other questions about Earlens, visit our Earlens FAQs page. To learn specific pricing for Earlens and whether Earlens could help you hear better, make an appointment with an Earlens provider near you.


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posted By: Earlens Web | 08.09.18

How is Earlens Built for My Ears?


Earlens hearing devices have three main parts: The Processor, Ear Tip and Lens. Two of those parts, the Ear Tip and the Lens, are custom built for the user.


Every person has a unique ear shape—in fact, the eardrum and ear canals will be different in each ear for the same person. So, to build each Earlens Contact Hearing Solution, Earlens needs impressions of the patient’s ears that include both the eardrum (for the Lens) and ear canal (for the Ear Tips).


When you decide to try Earlens, a specially trained Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) physician will take impressions of your ears. This process is performed without the need for any anesthesia and typically takes about 15 minutes per ear.


After cleaning the ear, the ENT doctor will fill the ear with impression material to capture the eardrum while you are lying down. After 8 minutes, you will be asked to sit up so that the physician can fill the remainder of the ear canal with a material that is meant to best capture the ear canal shape. The impression material may feel cold at first and you will not be able to hear well out of that ear while the impression is setting. Throughout the impression process, it is important to keep your jaw relaxed, face forward, and refrain from talking for the most accurate results.


Once Earlens receives the impressions, we will start building your new hearing devices. An accurate impression is very important as we build the Light Tip and Lens. For instance, the impression tells our engineers how the Light Tip and Lens should align within the ear to achieve the best possible sound quality.


To learn more about what it is like to wear Earlens, watch real Earlens user reviews. Or, make an appointment with your local Earlens provider to learn whether Earlens could help you hear better.


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posted By: Earlens Web | 08.02.18

What is the Advantage of a Contact Hearing Solution?


Perfect hearing ranges from 20 Hz in the low frequencies all the way up to 20,000 Hz in the high frequencies. However, hearing aids can usually only amplify sound from ~750 Hz – 5500 Hz. Unfortunately, this narrow frequency range limits the quality of sound that conventional hearing aids can provide. Not surprisingly, sound quality is the number one dissatisfaction that hearing aid wearers have with their hearing aids.*


The reason that hearing aids have been unable to amplify sound across a broader frequency range has to do with how they work. Traditional hearing aids capture sound through a microphone and convert sound waves to electrical signals that are sent through an amplifier. The amplifier strengthens the signals and pushes the amplified sound waves through a small speaker to vibrate the eardrum more strongly than the original sound wave could have. Unfortunately, hearing aid speakers are only able to amplify certain frequencies up to a certain level before they encounter problems with distortion or feedback (whistling).


This is where a contact hearing solution has an advantage. The Earlens Contact Hearing Solution uses light rather than a speaker to transmit sound. Earlens have three main parts: the Processor, Ear Tip, and the Lens. Sound enters the microphones on the rechargeable Processor, which is worn behind the ear. The Processor digitally processes the sound and transmits it to the Ear Tip. Finally, the Ear Tip transforms the sound information into pulses of energy that signal a custom Lens to gently vibrate the eardrum and activate the natural hearing system.


By eliminating the reliance on speaker technology, Earlens can deliver a broader frequency range of sound than any other hearing aid on the market—from 100 Hz all the way to 10 kHz. More complete sound means richer lows and crisper highs. The bandwidth that Earlens amplifies has been associated with more natural sound quality and better ability to understand speech.**


To hear the Earlens difference, make an appointment with your nearest Earlens provider and ask for a complimentary sound comparison between Earlens and your current hearing aids.

*Kochkin S. (2012) MarkeTrak VIII: The Key Influencing Factors in Hearing Aid Purchase Intent. Hearing Review, March:12–25.

*Moore, B. C., & Tan, C. (2003). Perceived naturalness of spectrally distorted speech and music. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 114(1), 408. Levy SC et al.  Extended High-Frequency Bandwidth Improves Speech Reception in the Presence of Spatially Separated Masking Speech.  Ear Hear. 2015 Sep-Oct;36(5):e214-24.

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posted By: Earlens Web | 07.26.18

Can Earlens Help My Tinnitus?


Earlens has not been studied as a treatment for tinnitus and is not indicated to treat tinnitus. However, hearing aids more broadly have been shown to provide tinnitus relief in some patients.


Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, impacts one third of all adults at some point in their lives.* The exact causes of tinnitus remain unknown, although tinnitus is strongly connected to some level of hearing loss, which can be the result of age, long-term hearing damage, or other trauma to the hearing system. Other conditions associated with tinnitus include loud noise exposure, stress, hypertension, smoking and too much caffeine.


To treat tinnitus, you should see an audiologist. Tinnitus cannot be directly measured. However, an audiologist can test your hearing to determine if you have a hearing loss that may be contributing to your tinnitus, assess the impact of your tinnitus on your life, and suggest treatment options. Hearing aids have been found to provide tinnitus relief for some patients. A 2008 survey of hearing professionals found that 60% of patients reported some relief of their tinnitus when using hearing aids, with 22% reporting “major relief” of their tinnitus when using hearing aids.**


Why can hearing aids be effective in treating tinnitus?  Hearing aids can increase the volume of external sounds to help cover or mask the ringing in the ears. This makes it more difficult to consciously perceive tinnitus so that the brain can focus on other sounds instead. The masking impact of hearing aids can be especially effective for patients whose hearing loss is in the same frequency range as their tinnitus.*** Similarly, sound machines and hearing aids with built-in tinnitus masking can help alleviate tinnitus in quiet environments.


If you suffer from tinnitus, make an appointment with an audiologist. He or she can help you better understand tinnitus and discuss tinnitus management options.

* Kochkin S, Tyler R, Born J. (2011) MarkeTrak VIII: The Prevalence of Tinnitus in the United States and the Self-Reported Efficacy of Various Treatments. Hearing Review18(12):10-26.

**Kochkin and Tyler. “Tinnitus Treatment and the Effectiveness of Hearing Aids: Hearing Care Professional Perceptions”, The Hearing Review, December 1, 2008.

***American Tinnitus Association

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posted By: Earlens Web | 07.18.18

What Happens if I Have a Problem with my Earlens?


If you wear Earlens and have a question about your hearing devices or notice a change in your hearing, you can reach out to the Earlens Concierge. The Earlens Concierge is a complimentary service available to all Earlens users. The Earlens Concierge offers:


  • Answers to questions about Earlens features and functions
  • Device care tips and tricks
  • Convenient, remote support


For example, the Earlens Concierge can help answer questions you have about charging your Earlens Hearing Solution, connecting your hearing aids to your iPhone, or adjusting the volume on your hearing devices. If you are an existing Earlens patient, you can call 1-(844)-999-LENS to speak to a dedicated member of our Concierge team.


If you think that your Earlens Hearing Solution may not be working, we recommend first ensuring that your Processors are properly charged and have been turned on. You can use the Earlens Charger to check the charge level of your hearing devices. Four flashing lights indicate that your devices are not charging correctly. Alternately, if you do not see any charging indicator lights, your Charger may not be plugged in. The Earlens Concierge can help you determine what the issue might be and will coordinate with your Earlens provider as needed. In the meantime, you can use your previous hearing aids as a back-up pair.


The Earlens Concierge is a great resource for Earlens patients and can help you adapt to your new Earlens hearing devices. If you are considering Earlens, make an appointment with an Earlens provider near you. Your provider will be happy to share further details about Earlens  and the special resources that will be available to you as an Earlens wearer.


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posted By: Earlens Web | 07.09.18

Can I Connect Earlens to My Phone?


One of the benefits of Earlens  is the ability to connect your hearing aids to select Apple devices. The Made for iPhone (MFi) feature means that Earlens users can stream audio, for instance to take calls or listen to music, directly from their Apple device through their hearing aids.


“Made for iPhone” or MFi hearing aids eliminate the need for an intermediary device to connect hearing aids to phones. Instead, MFi hearing solutions use Bluetooth and a special technology from Apple to connect to select devices, like the iPhone, iPad and iPod*. This enables hearing aid wearers to stream audio from their Apple devices to their ears, like they would with wireless headphones.


Not only can Earlens wearers stream audio while watching movies, listening to music and podcasts, making phone calls or using apps like Facetime, but they can also check the battery charge status and adjust the volume on their hearing devices through their smartphones. Earlens users can also turn their Apple devices into a remote microphone through the live mic feature. Interested users can additionally download a free app from the App Store for access to more features like troubleshooting videos, or to find the last known location of their Earlens hearing devices if they have misplaced them.


Earlens wearer David mentions that since he can connect his hearing aids to his smartphone, “the calls sound a lot clearer”, and that he “can listen to music more freely”. See other Earlens reviews on our Testimonials page.


To learn more about the Earlens Made for iPhone Hearing Solution, make an appointment with an Earlens provider near you.

*iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple.

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posted By: Earlens Web | 06.03.18

Swimming with Earlens


With summer approaching, you may be looking forward to water activities like swimming. And if you wear Earlens, you can continue to enjoy these activities while wearing your Lens.


That said, if you wear Earlens, you should remove your Processors before getting into a pool or shower, just as you would remove behind-the-ear hearing aids in the same situation. However, the Lens is designed to be worn continuously in the ear canal and can stay in place on the eardrum during activities like swimming or showering. The custom shape of the Lens makes it remarkably stable.


To help keep your Lens working and in the right position, be careful not to aim direct streams of water into your ear canal, since doing so could move the Lens out of place. If you swim daily or very regularly, you may also wish to speak to your Earlens provider about wearing custom earplugs.


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posted By: Earlens Web | 04.25.18

Does the Lens Require Batteries?


The Earlens Contact Hearing Solution has 3 main parts: the Processor, the Ear Tip and the Lens. The Lens directly vibrates the eardrum to activate the natural hearing system. However, it does not require any separate batteries to work.


In Earlens, the behind-the-ear Processor sends sound to the Ear Tip, which transforms sound information into pulses of energy that contain important sound information. The pulses of energy are sent down to the eardrum and captured by the Lens. The Lens then uses the energy to begin vibrating the eardrum based on the sound information encoded in each pulse. By working in this unique way, Earlens is able to deliver more complete sound than any hearing aid on the market.


Although the Lens does not require a separate battery to work, the Earlens Processor does have a built-in battery. One of the benefits of Earlens is that it is fully rechargeable. Earlens has rechargeable batteries that provide a full day’s charge and eliminate the need to change tiny batteries. Earlens comes with a charger that can charge a fully depleted Processor in just 4 hours. Users can simply drop the Earlens Processors into the charging slots of the charger and they will wirelessly charge. Users can confirm the charging status and current charge level of their Earlens Hearing Solution through the indicator lights on the charger.


If you have an active lifestyle, you may benefit from a rechargeable hearing solution that does not require you to bring back up hearing aid batteries with you. To learn more about Earlens, make an appointment with an Earlens provider near you.


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posted By: Earlens Web | 04.16.18

Why Do I Need to See a Physician for Earlens?

Why do I need to See an ENT for Earlens

With Earlens, an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician and an audiologist or hearing health professional work together closely to ensure that you get the best treatment possible.


Different parts of the Earlens system are fit by different professionals. Earlens consists of 3 parts: a Processor, Ear Tip and Lens. The Ear Tip and Lens are custom built for each patient using impressions of the ear that are taken by the ENT physician. These impressions are deeper than standard ear impressions taken by audiologists, because they include not just the ear canal, but the eardrum as well.


Once the Earlens devices are ready, the Lens is placed into the ear by the ENT physician. The Lens, which rests gently against the eardrum, is designed to work with the Earlens Processors that are attached to the Ear Tips. The Processors are worn behind the ear, much like traditional hearing aids. The Processors and Ear Tips are fit and programmed by an audiologist for each patient’s specific needs.


As you continue to wear Earlens, your ENT physician and audiologist will coordinate as a high level care team to optimize your hearing experience. For instance, the physician may periodically check your Lens to ensure it is properly situated on your eardrum and working well. They may also occasionally clean wax from your ear canal if needed. Meanwhile, your audiologist will be available to help with any changes that need to be made to the programming on your Earlens Hearing Solution—for instance, if certain types of sounds are too loud or too soft after you are initially fit.


To find an Earlens ENT physician and audiologist near you, visit our Find an Earlens Provider page.

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