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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