Earlens: Microsystems Technology for Hearing Loss
Hearing aids have certainly come a long way in the last few years. We’ve gone from clunky hearing tools that did a poor to fair job aiding their users in their quest to hear to a much better solution. Today, you can look at someone wearing hearing aids without knowing they have them on. In addition, hearing aids are much more user-friendly, and the technological advancements are immense.
One of the newest hearing devices available to consumers today is the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution. Earlens is different, and it shows! You no longer have to put off treatment for hearing loss when you discover what Earlens has to offer. Want to learn more? Keep reading…
The Earlens Contact Hearing Solution Explained
The Earlens Contact Hearing Solution includes a very small lens put directly onto the eardrum. This lens then vibrates the eardrum as it reacts to sound waves. This technology is different from other hearing aids, and it has dramatically improved sound quality and clarity for users.
What’s Different About Earlens?
Regular hearing aids that are probably familiar to you use air pressure to vibrate the eardrum. Earlens, on the other hand, move the eardrum physically and precisely, making it a more efficient transfer of sound. This is achieved because the lens is sitting right on your eardrum.
The sound quality in the Earlens is also better because of the advanced speaker technology, which is very limited on other devices. The broader bandwidth delivers a natural sound, even without the notorious feedback of hearing aids. Overall, the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution makes hearing significantly easier and better than ever before.
How Do They Work?
As mentioned before, regular hearing aids use small speakers to magnify sounds. These speakers can only do so much. With an inadequate range of frequencies, you can imagine how limited they are in producing a rich and natural sound that all hearing aid wearers seek.
The Earlens work differently by using radio signals and the lens on the eardrum to bring in a complete sound that hearing aid users need. Completely eliminating the whistling sound many people struggle with is just the icing on the cake.
So, let’s recap on the inner workings of the Earlens. The Processor that is placed behind the ear collects the sounds around you and delivers them to the ear tip that is placed just inside the ear. The ear tip then converts or changes these sounds into pulses of energy, which tells the lens on your eardrum to vibrate. This vibration gives you the natural, superb sound you’ve been missing.
Some other great features are worth noting. Earlens are rechargeable, so you can charge them up at night. (The lens doesn’t need any charging or a battery). Another great feature is Apple users can use Earlens to stream phone calls or watch their favorite show on TV using their lens devices. Unlike regular hearing aids, Earlens can also be used in just one ear, with no requirement for two hearing aids to function properly. Software updates are also provided at no extra charge.
How Earlens Are Fitted for Each User
How is this custom hearing aid made just for you? First, the doctors at Fairfax Hearing Center first make a mold of your ear canal and your unique eardrum shape. The mold is then taken by Earlens, and a custom tip connects to the sound processor. The mold is also used to make the unique lens that will be placed on your ear drum.
After the Fairfax Hearing Center team receives your Earlens Contact Hearing Solution, your doctor will place the lens on your eardrum in the office. You don’t even have to undergo anesthesia. Afterward, on the same day, your new Earlens hearing aid can be programmed to your specific hearing. Simple as that!
How Do the Earlens Look?
Earlens are custom-made for you. The lens placed on your eardrum is created just for your specific anatomy. You won’t even know it’s there because it stays in place and is extremely comfortable. You will be amazed at how comfortable it is to wear hearing aids in your daily life.
The Earlens are hardly noticeable as well. The ear tip fits into the ear so you can hardly even see the wire. The small processor portion that fits behind your ear is often covered with hair. The lens is, of course, sitting on your eardrum and not viewable. Others most likely won’t even know you have hearing aids on – that is, if you can keep yourself from telling everyone about them!
Are You a Candidate for Earlens?
Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for Earlens. A hearing test will be able to tell you and your doctor if you meet the requirements. The primary requirement is a brain that still accepts high and low-frequency information.
- Earlens may not be best for those with severe hearing loss. They are most suitable for those with moderate hearing loss.
- If you have a narrow ear canal, the Earlens won’t fit.
- If you’ve had past middle ear surgeries or an abnormal eardrum or tympanic membrane, Earlens may not be right for you.
Want to Learn More?
It’s hard to know if Earlens Contact Hearing Solution is right for you just by reading an article. If you are interested in learning more or want to see if you would even qualify as a candidate, we encourage you to contact our team at Fairfax Hearing Center. We can schedule an appointment so you can talk to a hearing specialist about your situation.
If you’ve done your homework and have been waiting on a better hearing aid solution before making a move, now is the time. The hearing improvements that Earlens can offer you are life-changing for you and your loved ones. The customization and advanced technology make this hearing solution worth the time and money you’ll spend to get them. Don’t take our word for it. Come visit us at Fairfax Hearing Center today.