Hearing vs. Understanding Speech

posted By: Earlens Web | 03.22.18

Hearing vs. Understanding Speech


“I can hear, but I can’t understand what people are saying.”


Does the sentence above describe how you sometimes feel with your hearing aids? If so, you’re not alone. Our ability to hear and our ability to understand are related but different. In some cases, sounds can be muddled, making them hard to decipher – especially in noisy environments like restaurants or outdoor gatherings.

Different letters in our language tend to be associated with different frequencies. Many of the consonants are located in the higher frequencies. These consonants give meaning to speech sounds. For instance, without the ability to clearly hear and distinguish consonants, the word “cat” simply becomes “-a-” and becomes indistinguishable from words like “hat” or “bat”. Unfortunately, the upper frequencies are the ones that conventional hearing aids have the most difficulty amplifying.

If you find yourself wishing that you could understand people around you more clearly, you may benefit from a new kind of hearing aid. The Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid is able to amplify a broader frequency range than traditional hearing aids. Perfect hearing ranges from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, but hearing aids can usually only amplify sound from ~750 Hz – 5500 Hz. In contrast, the Earlens Hearing Aid is able to amplify sounds from 100 Hz to 10,000 Hz, offering more complete sound than any other hearing aid on the market. See how Earlens works.

Interested in whether Earlens could be right for you? The answer will depend on your type and level of hearing loss. Find out if Earlens could help you hear better by making an appointment with an 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.

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