Hearing aid technology advances rapidly, so new hearing devices that are now available may give you a significant improvement in your hearing. If your current hearing aids are 3 years old or more, we recommend speaking to an audiologist about what new hearing aid technology is available that could benefit you.
For instance, the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution offers more complete sound than any hearing aids have ever been able to provide. That’s because Earlens eliminates the speaker technology that conventional hearing aids rely on. Instead, Earlens transmits sound by converting sound information into pulses of energy that activates the Lens to directly vibrate the eardrum. See how Earlens works.
As a result, Earlens can provide meaningful amplification across a fuller range of sound than other hearing aids can, and comes much closer to the frequency bandwidth associated with normal hearing. The result is more natural sound quality, with crisp highs and rich lows. Earlens is also designed to help improve hearing in noise by providing amplification in the higher frequencies that traditional hearing aids have trouble with, but which are important for speech understanding.*
Other signs that you may want to consider upgrading to new hearing technology include a change in your hearing or lifestyle. For example, if you are no longer hearing as well as you used to with your current hearing aids, you may benefit from a more powerful hearing device. Similarly, if you find yourself more active than you used to be, you may find that a rechargeable hearing aid that does not require battery changes is better suited for your new lifestyle.
*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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