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 Contact Hearing Solution directly transmits sound to the eardrum, eliminating the need for a speaker within the hearing device. By converting sound information into pulses of energy 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.
**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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