Welcome to our comprehensive guide on Earlens, a novel hearing technology that provides a more natural and personalized sound experience for individuals with a hearing loss.

This innovative approach has generated much interest among medical professionals, audiologists, and patients alike.

In this article, we will provide a medical overview of Earlens, including its mechanism of action, clinical indications, and potential benefits for patients with a hearing loss.

What Is Earlens?

Earlens is a groundbreaking hearing technology that directly stimulates the eardrum, allowing for a wider range of sound frequencies to be transmitted to the inner ear.

It comprises a custom-fitted lens placed on the eardrum and a behind-the-ear processor that uses an inductive system to transmit audio data to the lens.

Mechanism of Action:

Earlens works via an inductive system – a low power radio signal transmits audio data to the coil on the lens from the ear tip, gently vibrating it.

The vibrations amplify the sound rather than speakers. This approach allows for a more natural and clearer sound quality, as it bypasses the amplification process used in traditional hearing aids.

Clinical Indications:

Earlens is indicated for patients with a mild to severe sensorineural hearing loss, which is the most common type of hearing loss.

Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells or auditory nerve in the inner ear, which makes it difficult to transmit sound signals to the brain.

Earlens is particularly beneficial for patients who experience difficulty hearing in noisy environments or who have trouble distinguishing speech from background noise.

Earlens technology

Benefits of Earlens:

Earlens offers several advantages over traditional hearing aids, including:

  • Enhanced sound quality: Earlens provides a more natural and clear sound experience, particularly for high-frequency sounds.
  • Comfort: Earlens is custom-fitted to the patient’s ear, ensuring a snug and comfortable fit that reduces the risk of irritation or discomfort.
  • Convenience: Earlens is easy to use, maintain, and rechargeable, with no need for frequent battery replacements.
  • Longevity: Earlens is designed to last for years, with a durable lens that can withstand the wear and tear of daily use.

How We Can Help with Earlens

At Pacific Hearing Service, we are dedicated to helping you hear better and improve your quality of life.

Earlens is a revolutionary hearing technology that we are proud to offer, and we believe it can make a significant difference in your hearing experience.

Our experienced audiologists are trained in the fitting and customization of Earlens, ensuring that you receive a solution that is tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

Our process begins with a comprehensive hearing evaluation, where we assess your hearing loss and determine if Earlens is an appropriate solution for you. If Earlens is deemed suitable, we will coordinate with an ENT physician working with Earlens to take impressions of your ears to create custom-fitted lenses.

Two weeks later, your lenses will be fitted by the physician, and then the ear tips and processors are connected, calibrated, and programmed to deliver optimal sound quality by your audiologist at Pacific Hearing Service.

Once the Earlens system is fitted and programmed, we will provide you with comprehensive counseling and support to ensure you get the most out of your new hearing technology.

We are always available to answer your questions, provide adjustments, and offer ongoing care to ensure that you are satisfied with your hearing experience.

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Jane H. Baxter, Au.D.

Dr. Baxter became a partner at Pacific Hearing Service in 1986 and both manages and provides audiology services at the Menlo Park office. She completed her clinical doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) at Salus University, received her graduate training at San Francisco State and UC Berkeley, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and certified by the American Board of Audiology.