Our brains are very good at noticing things that are “new” or “different”. For instance, if you have just started wearing a watch, you will likely be very aware of it on your wrist. However, as you get used to wearing it, you completely forget it’s there. Similarly, any time you change the way you hear, things will sound different at first. Just as it took time to get used to wearing a hearing aid for the first time, it may take some time to adapt to wearing Earlens Hearing Aids.
One of the major benefits of wearing Earlens Hearing Aids is hearing more complete sound, particularly in the high frequencies, where important speech cues are located. However, since traditional hearing devices typically cannot provide meaningful audibility in these frequencies, you may not be used to hearing sounds in this frequency range.
At first, hearing higher frequencies can cause sound to be brighter than you are used to. Some people describe this difference as “sharper” or “tinnier”. The good news is that sharpness is often associated with clarity. Over time, your brain will start to integrate the high frequencies with the lower ones to give more context and richness to sound. This will contribute to the naturalness of sound quality. In fact, a study by Dr. Brian Moore found that speech and music are perceived as up to three times more natural in the bandwidth that Earlens amplifies.*
Studies have shown that both new and experienced hearing aid wearers have experienced an increase in benefits from their hearing devices across time. Most hearing aid wearers require at least 6 weeks of hearing aid use before they consider themselves to have “adjusted” to their new hearing aids.** So, be sure to wear your new Earlens hearing devices for as much of the day as possible to give your brain time to adapt.
Your Earlens audiologist will be able to help program your new Earlens hearing aids to your specific needs. Share your challenging hearing situations during your appointment. To find an Earlens audiologist in your area, search for an Earlens provider.
*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. doi:10.1121/1.1577552.
** Cox, Robyn M., and Genevieve Alexander C. “Maturation of Hearing Aid Benefit.” Ear and Hearing 13.3 (1992): 131-41. and Cox et al. “Benefit acclimatization in elderly hearing aid users.” J Am Acad Audiol 7(6):428-41, 1996.
About the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid
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. 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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