Hearing Technology

posted By: Earlens Web | 08.14.18

Are Earlens Hearing Aids Adjustable?

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Earlens digital hearing aids can be set to have multiple volume settings and up to four different programs for different types of listening environments. For instance, Earlens wearers may find that they prefer to use different programs in the car, in restaurants, or while listening to music than they would use for a typical conversation in a quieter environment.

 

When you receive your new Earlens hearing devices, the Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) physician will place your custom Lenses into your ears, and then you will see the audiologist who will fit and program your devices to your hearing needs. Your audiologist will ask how things sound, then adjust your Earlens Hearing Aids based on your feedback and your audiogram (hearing test results).

 

During your follow up appointment, usually a week or two after you are first fit with Earlens, your audiologist may continue to fine-tune the programming on your Earlens hearing devices. So, while you are adapting to hearing with Earlens, you should take notes on your listening experience. Some sounds may be louder than usual as you adapt to hearing better in the high frequencies again; however, are there any sounds that are uncomfortably loud? Are there sounds that seem too soft? Are there situations that are more difficult to hear in? Answering these types of questions can help your audiologist adjust Earlens for your needs.

 

Depending on your lifestyle, your audiologist may also create different programs for your Earlens devices. For instance, if you frequently attend concerts and find that music sounds better with certain settings, your audiologist may choose to give you a “Music” program to choose from on your Earlens. Talk to your provider about your day to day activities and let him or her know how you are hearing with Earlens in those different listening environments so that they can make any changes needed.

 

Learn more about Earlens features and benefits by making an appointment with your local Earlens provider.

 

About the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

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posted By: Earlens Web | 08.09.18

How is Earlens Built for My Ears?

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Earlens hearing devices have three main parts: The Processor, Light Tip and Lens. Two of those parts, the Light 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 Earlens Hearing Aids, Earlens needs impressions of the patient’s ears that include both the eardrum (for the Lens) and ear canal (for the Light Tips).

 

When you decide to try Earlens Hearing Aids, 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.

 

About the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

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posted By: Earlens Web | 08.02.18

What is the Advantage of a Light-Driven Hearing Aid?

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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 light-driven hearing aid has an advantage. The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid uses light rather than a speaker to transmit sound. Earlens hearing devices have three main parts: the Photon Processor, Light Tip, and the Lens. Sound enters the microphones on the rechargeable Photon Processor, which is worn behind the ear. The Processor digitally processes the sound and transmits it to the Light Tip. Finally, the Light Tip transforms the sound information into pulses of non-visible light 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.

 

About the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

 

*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 | 07.09.18

Can I Connect Earlens Hearing Aids to My Phone?

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One of the benefits of Earlens Hearing Aids is the ability to connect your hearing aids to select Apple devices. The Made for iPhone (MFi) feature means that Earlens hearing aid 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 aids 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 Hearing Aid 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 David’s Earlens story or read other Earlens reviews on our Testimonials page.

 

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

 

About the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

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

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posted By: Earlens Web | 06.26.18

Hearing Aid Music Quality

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Despite many advances over the last few years in hearing aid technology, the number one dissatisfaction with hearing aids is unmet expectations of sound quality.* For music lovers, the sound quality associated with hearing aids can be a particular challenge.

 

Is it possible for hearing aids to provide a positive music listening experience? Well, that depends on the frequency range that they are able to amplify. A study by Moore and Tan explored the perceived naturalness of speech and music based on changes in linear filtering. The filters included changing the cutoffs of the upper and lower frequency points, essentially narrowing and widening the bandwidth that the music was played through. They found that the quality of music degraded when the bandwidth was more restricted.

 

Unfortunately, most conventional acoustic hearing aids can only amplify a limited bandwidth of sound before they encounter challenges with feedback or distortion. This is because traditional hearing aids use tiny speakers to amplify sound and send those amplified sound waves toward the eardrum.

 

Music lovers may be excited to hear that there’s a new hearing technology that can finally overcome the limitations of acoustic hearing aids and provide a full spectrum of sound. The Earlens Hearing Aid uses light to transmit sound, eliminating the need for a speaker within the hearing device. By converting sound information into pulses of non-visible light that allows a Lens to directly vibrate the eardrum, Earlens can amplify sound across the bandwidth that is associated with sound that is up to 3x more natural**.

 

Watch real Earlens user reviews of what it is like to listen to music while wearing Earlens. Or, to determine whether Earlens could help you enjoy music more fully again, make an appointment with an Earlens provider in your area.

 

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available from a hearing aid. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

 

*Kochin 2012.

**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.

 

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posted By: Earlens Web | 03.01.18

Can You Restore Lost Hearing?

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Hearing loss is a very common condition. In fact, the most common type of hearing loss, presbycusis, occurs due to aging. Once hearing is lost, it is currently not possible to restore it. The good news is that even though hearing cannot be restored, it can be treated – most typically with hearing aids.

 

Now, if you already wear hearing aids, this may not be particularly exciting news. And we understand why. While hearing aid user satisfaction has increased over the years, wearers continue to highlight hearing aid sound quality in particular as an area that could use improvement. Some hearing aid wearers, despite major advances in sound processing technology, continue to feel that things sound “processed” instead of natural.

 

Have you ever wondered why things sound so different through a hearing aid? Much of the limitation in sound quality can be attributed to the bandwidth of sound that conventional hearing aids are limited to. 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 because they rely on tiny speakers to amplify sound.

 

Fortunately, there’s a new option for hearing aid wearers who have been hoping for something better. A new type of hearing aid called the Earlens Hearing Aid has eliminated the reliance on speaker technology. Instead, Earlens directly vibrates the eardrum using a small custom Lens placed non-surgically in the ear. The Lens is activated using non-visible light that is produced from a Processor worn behind the ear. See how Earlens works.

 

With Earlens, users can enjoy a fuller bandwidth for more complete sound. A broader frequency range has been associated with sound quality benefits, like perceived naturalness of speech and music. It has also been associated with better speech understanding.*

 

If you’re looking for a way to hear better, learn more about the new Earlens hearing technology. Find an Earlens provider near you.

 

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available from a hearing aid. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

*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 | 02.14.18

Happy Valentine’s Day from Earlens

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Happy Valentine’s Day! While most people probably think of chocolate and flowers for the holiday, we naturally think about better hearing. Why? Because hearing is an integral part of communication, which in turn, is a vital part of relationships with friends and loved ones.

 

Hearing loss impacts our ability to fully engage with the people around us. When we miss out on certain sounds, we miss out on pieces of conversations and important moments. That’s why the ability to hear is so important.

 

At Earlens, we believe that better hearing is within reach—especially for anyone who currently wears hearing aids but has not been satisfied with them. Our founder, Dr. Rodney Perkins, believed that a better type of hearing solution was possible. Through decades of research, he showed that when the amplified signal was used to directly vibrate the eardrum, people enjoyed the quality of sound.

 

Traditional hearing aids have always relied on trying to move the eardrum by pushing amplified sound waves toward it. However, high quality sound comes from the improved bandwidth of sound that can be achieved by directly moving the eardrum. That’s where the idea for Earlens was born.

Earlens is different. In Earlens, a behind-the-ear Processor captures sound. A Light Tip worn in the ear canal like an ear mold converts the sound information into non-visible light, and sends it toward a custom Lens on the eardrum. When the light reaches the Lens, the Lens gently begins to vibrate, directly moving the eardrum to produce high quality sound. This unique system is designed to help wearers enjoy crisp, clear sound, including the higher frequencies that the brain uses to help understand speech in difficult listening environments.*

 

If you wear hearing aids but feel like you’re still missing sounds, speak to an Earlens provider and find out whether Earlens could help. Try a new way of hearing with Earlens and see how it could improve your communication with loved ones in honor of this Valentine’s Day.

 

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available from a hearing aid. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

*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 | 01.19.18

When Should I Upgrade My Hearing Aid?

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Hearing aid technology advances rapidly, so new hearing devices that are now available may give you a significant improvement in your hearing. If your current hearing aids are 3 years old or more, we recommend speaking to an audiologist about what new hearing aid technology is available that could benefit you.

 

For instance, the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid offers more complete sound than any previous hearing aids have ever been able to provide. That’s because the Earlens Hearing Aid eliminates the speaker technology that conventional hearing aids rely on. Instead, Earlens transmits sound by converting sound information into pulses of non-visible light that activates the Lens to directly vibrate the eardrum. See how Earlens works.

 

As a result, Earlens can provide meaningful amplification across a fuller range of sound than other hearing aids can, and comes much closer to the frequency bandwidth associated with normal hearing. The result is more natural sound quality, with crisp highs and rich lows. Earlens is also designed to help improve hearing in noise by providing amplification in the higher frequencies that traditional hearing aids have trouble with, but which are important for speech understanding.*

 

Other signs that you may want to consider upgrading to new hearing technology include a change in your hearing or lifestyle. For example, if you are no longer hearing as well as you used to with your current hearing aids, you may benefit from a more powerful hearing device. Similarly, if you find yourself more active than you used to be, you may find that a rechargeable hearing aid that does not require battery changes is better suited for your new lifestyle.

 

To speak to a hearing professional about the latest hearing technology, or to learn more about the rechargeable Earlens Hearing Aid, make an appointment with your local Earlens provider.

 

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available from a hearing aid. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

*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 | 01.08.18

New Hearing Technology

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is around the corner and promises to feature some new hearing technologies. In recent years, hearing aid manufacturers like Starkey and Oticon have debuted some of their newest features at CES, while some traditional consumer electronics companies have also showed off new “hearables”, incorporating some hearing aid attributes into off-the-shelf consumer products.

 

While many of these advances represent an exciting opportunity for consumers who would like to hear better, all of them continue to face the same limitation as traditional hearing devices: speaker technology. Hearing aids use a microphone to capture sound and amplify it through a tiny speaker, which then pushes the amplified sound waves toward the eardrum. But tiny speakers are only able to provide meaningful amplification for a limited bandwidth of sound before sound distortion occurs. Yet, research has demonstrated the importance of a broader bandwidth for naturalness of sound and the ability to understand speech.*

 

However, a new type of hearing aid, the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid has successfully eliminated the need to use a speaker to transmit sound. Instead, the Earlens Hearing Aid captures sound and converts it into pulses of light that activate a tiny Lens that rests gently on the eardrum. By directly vibrating the eardrum, Earlens is able to provide the most complete sound and broadest bandwidth of any other hearing aid on the market. Moreover, Earlens incorporates high tech features like Bluetooth connectivity to stream sound from select Apple devices directly through the Earlens Hearing Aids. Watch a video to see how Earlens Works.

 

Earlens is available through an ENT physician working with an audiologist. This ensures the highest level of hearing healthcare for Earlens patients, enabling the devices to be fit and programmed for each user’s unique ear anatomy and hearing needs. To learn more about Earlens, find an Earlens provider near you.

 

The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is one of the best hearing aids for providing audible amplification across a broad frequency range. Earlens is a digital hearing aid that uses light to transmit sound for the most complete hearing available from a hearing aid. Earlens automatically adjusts to noisy environments and uses a rechargeable battery with wireless charging for enhanced ease of use. Learn more about Earlens’ new hearing aid technology and full product details.

*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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