This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is around the corner and promises to feature some new hearing technologies. In recent years, hearing aid manufacturers like Starkey and Oticon have debuted some of their newest features at CES, while some traditional consumer electronics companies have also showed off new “hearables”, incorporating some hearing aid attributes into off-the-shelf consumer products.
While many of these advances represent an exciting opportunity for consumers who would like to hear better, all of them continue to face the same limitation as traditional hearing devices: speaker technology. Hearing aids use a microphone to capture sound and amplify it through a tiny speaker, which then pushes the amplified sound waves toward the eardrum. But tiny speakers are only able to provide meaningful amplification for a limited bandwidth of sound before sound distortion occurs. Yet, research has demonstrated the importance of a broader bandwidth for naturalness of sound and the ability to understand speech.*
However, a new type of hearing aid, the Earlens Light-Driven Hearing Aid has successfully eliminated the need to use a speaker to transmit sound. Instead, the Earlens Hearing Aid captures sound and converts it into pulses of light that activate a tiny Lens that rests gently on the eardrum. By directly vibrating the eardrum, Earlens is able to provide the most complete sound and broadest bandwidth of any other hearing aid on the market. Moreover, Earlens incorporates high tech features like Bluetooth connectivity to stream sound from select Apple devices directly through the Earlens Hearing Aids. Watch a video to see how Earlens Works.
Earlens is available through an ENT physician working with an audiologist. This ensures the highest level of hearing healthcare for Earlens patients, enabling the devices to be fit and programmed for each user’s unique ear anatomy and hearing needs. To learn more about Earlens, find an Earlens provider near you.
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.
*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. 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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