Just like any hearing aid technology, wearing the Lens takes some time to get used to. Most users feel a slight sensation when the Lens is first placed on the eardrum, but that feeling goes away quickly. Actually, the feeling is similar to first wearing any hearing device or any contact eye lens.
After removing the behind-the-ear Processor and Light Tip, you can shower or swim as you normally would. Because the Lens is placed on your eardrum by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician, it stays in place and can be worn in the shower or while swimming. If you swim regularly or lap swim, we suggest using a pair of earplugs.
Clinical studies show that the Tympanic Lens does not damage the Tympanic Membrane or ear canal. In our Feasibility and Definitive trial, we had no major device related adverse events. Learn more in our clinical data section.
The custom design of the Lens makes it remarkably stable. The Lens sits on your eardrum, similar to the way a contact lens sits on an eye –– through surface tension. When placed, the ENT physician places a small drop of mineral oil in your ear to help create this surface tension. After placement of the Lens, you will need to apply a drop of mineral oil weekly to maintain this surface tension.
The rechargeable behind-the-ear Processor with an attached Light Tip can be removed and reinserted by the user. However, the Lens is designed for insertion and removal only by a trained ENT Physician.
No, the Lens can be removed at any time by an Earlens-trained Ear, Nose and Throat Physician.
We advise against using cotton swabs like Q-Tips or any other self-cleaning instrument once your Lens is in place as this may dislodge your Lens. Once you are fitted with the Earlens Hearing Aid, a mineral oil applicator will be provided with instructions to add a drop every week. This oil keeps your ear canal lubricated to keep the system working properly and helps clean your ear safely.
After the initial fitting and fine-tuning of your Earlens Hearing Aid, we suggest that you see your Earlens providers once a year or as needed.
No, the Earlens Hearing Aid uses non-visible light. We recommend that you do not stare into the light source.
If necessary and depending on the style of your current hearing device, you may be able to use it by removing the Processor and Light Tip portions of your Earlens Hearing Aid. Please consult with your Earlens hearing professional before using a conventional hearing aid with your Tympanic Lens in place.
At this time, Earlens has not investigated the effect of the Earlens Hearing Aid for the treatment of tinnitus. Please sign up below to stay informed, and we will keep you updated on our progess.
In general, no. The mineral oil you add to your ear weekly helps break down wax as well as keep the lens in place. If you have specific concerns, please contact your Healthcare Professional.
The Lens itself it not cleaned by the user. Should there be an excessive amount of build-up on the Lens, your Earlens hearing professional will determine the need for cleaning.
Yes, the Processor is programmed via software and has the ability to customize programs for use in different listening situations.
The Processor has internal rechargeable batteries. Each night, you will simply dock the Processor in the included charger.
No, the Lens is powered by the light source emitted by the Processor, and does not require batteries.
Most insurance plans do not cover hearing aids. However, please contact your healthcare insurance provider, or an Earlens Hearing Aid trained hearing professional to find out if your plan covers Earlens.
Yes, please discuss the details of the trial period with your Earlens Hearing Professional.
The Earlens Hearing Aid comes with a 3-year warranty. Within the warranty period, you will get a new lens annually and the latest software updated to your hearing aid. Please consult with your local Earlens provider for any additional costs beyond the warranty period.
If you suspect the Lens isn’t working correctly, please call your Earlens provider and do not try to remove the Lens yourself. Your Earlens provider can help you troubleshoot the issue.