We have many options for treating hearing loss, and now we can add one more treatment option to our arsenal.

Earlens — What Are They and Who Will They Benefit Most?

by | Feb 4, 2023 | Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

We live in inspiring times right now where technology is advancing quickly. We have many tools at our disposal to manage hearing loss, but unfortunately, none of them can cure it. 

To get the healthiest hearing possible, we scour the country looking for any new products or breakthrough research. Recently, we found something. 

Earlens has been in the developmental phase for over two decades. What started as a conceptual idea is now a physical product that has a proven track record of helping people with a certain kind of hearing loss. 

We are very excited to be offering this, and we hope you are too. It means we can help even more residents of Greenville achieve better hearing. 

What Is Earlens? 

Earlens is another method of feeding your brain the correct signals from your ears. It is a small lens that fits securely over your eardrum to physically vibrate it more vigorously so your brain can better understand the signals. 

It’s run by a small receiver that is almost invisible when fitted. The Earlens receiver is similar to the receiver-in-the-ear style hearing aids, so it’s very discreet. 

Earlens vs. Hearing Aids

Why get Earlens instead of hearing aids? This is the real question and will vary based on each individual’s needs.

Hearing aids work differently because they amplify sound in unique ways so your brain can comprehend the signals more easily. They can filter sounds to simplify signals, so even if you’re in a crowded room, you can hear the person you’re talking to. 

Earlens is more advanced because it can relay the same information but with more detail. You will be able to identify the background sounds and process them just as you would if your hearing was 100% healthy. 

Despite the high price tag that Earlens come with, this kind of help is unmatched, and the more we support it, the better chance we have of reducing the price.

Find Out More Details About Earlens Hearing Solution Right Here

Who Benefits Most from Earlens?

Primarily, anyone with mild to moderate hearing loss will see the most benefits from this new technology. While it may help anyone, the price simply doesn’t justify its means. 

Qualified candidates need to still be able to accept high-frequency or low-frequency information in their brains. This is a crucial requirement due to the unique processing nature of Earlens. 

As of right now, only a small number of insurance programs will assist with this new technology, so anyone with a premium insurance package might be able to take advantage. Otherwise, patients will need to pay out of pocket. 

What Are the Steps to Get Earlens? 

  1. Hearing Test — This is always our starting point, as we can’t make an accurate diagnosis without it. Having a detailed blueprint of your hearing is the only way we can proceed with a solution. 
  2. Meet With an Otolaryngologist — If your test shows you would benefit from Earlens, we schedule an appointment with a specialist who will take custom molds of your ears and eardrums. This is to ensure your Earlens fit perfectly and won’t come loose. 
  3. Your Earlens Are Made — The otolaryngologist will send the info to Earlens, and your devices will be made by them to fit you exactly. 
  4. The Fitting — Your Earlens are sent to us upon completion so we can fit you and ensure all the specs are perfect. We also assist with programming at this point, no different than with hearing aids.
  5. Start Your 60-Day Trial — You have two months to test them out and ensure all the settings are correct. If anything is amiss, we can send them back to the head office for tweaking at no extra cost. 

Still Have Questions?

We know this is all very new, but we’ve had our eye on this product for many years, awaiting its release. Now that it’s being given the go-ahead, we can roll out the welcome mat and answer any questions you may have.

We invite you to contact us anytime with all your questions. One of our specialists will be happy to work with you over the phone to discuss any concerns you have.

Treating hearing loss is our passion, and if there is any technology out there that can help you, we are going to find it and make sure it’s the real deal.

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Daniel Hewson, M.S. Audiology/Owner

Born and raised in Western New York, Dan Hewson comes to our practice with over 25 years of experience in the field. With a master’s degree in audiology from SUNY Fredonia, Mr. Hewson has extensive experience working in several of the largest Otolaryngology practices in the country, and also as a Regional Manager with Siemens Medical Audiology Division. Father, husband and full time employee with us, Dan is currently a student working to earn his doctorate in audiology. Dan was naturally attracted to the field of audiology because he grew up with moderate to severe sensorineural hearing loss. He has followed hearing aid development, research and rehabilitation. If you want to know what hearing impairment is really about and how hearing devices can change your life, Dan Hewson is the one to ask. He’s been wearing hearing aids since childhood (44 years) and has an intimate understanding of the hearing impaired. His personal hearing device story is fascinating and illuminating for anyone, but especially for those who may be hesitant about the hearing rehabilitation process.

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