If you miss how music used to sound before you had hearing loss or started wearing hearing aids, you’re not alone. Many hearing aid wearers find themselves dissatisfied with the sound quality that their hearing aids provide.
Why does music sound so different? Simply put, traditional hearing aids are only able to provide meaningful amplification across a limited bandwidth of sound. That limited bandwidth can be likened to the difference between AM and FM radio. A study by hearing scientist Dr. Brian Moore of Cambridge University in England showed that a broader frequency range has been associated with the perception of more natural sound quality in both speech and music. In fact, the broadest bandwidth which included the highest and lowest frequency ranges was associated with the highest level of perceived naturalness in music among listeners*.
Until recently, a broader bandwidth of sound was not available to hearing aid wearers. However, a new type of hearing aid that directly drives the eardrum instead of simply sending amplified soundwaves toward the eardrum, offers new hope for music lovers. The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid uses a tiny custom Lens to directly vibrate the eardrum (see how Earlens works), thus offering the broadest bandwidth of any hearing aid on the market.
With Earlens, some wearers have been able to satisfy their love of music once again and rediscover passages and parts in songs that they had been missing for years. For instance, Earlens wearer Walter P. heard the piccolo in “Stars and Stripes” for the first time in a long time once he began wearing Earlens. Hear what Earlens wearers are saying.
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.
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