The frequency of sound is vital for natural hearing. While hearing aids can amplify sound to combat conductive hearing loss, they do not have a large bandwidth of frequencies. For those with sensorineural hearing loss that can benefit from amplification, there are advanced treatment options and devices for improved hearing. At Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT, we offer Earlens devices, a lens that provides vibration to your ear drum for better hearing, available through our audiology center in Alpharetta, GA.
What Is Earlens?
Earlens is advanced medical technology that can be a game changer for those with hearing loss. This tiny lens transmits vibrations to the ear drum from audio signals through the ear tip. This allows for richer sounds at more diverse frequencies. Imagine experiencing sounds in varying pitches for a more natural experience. Patients with Earlens can finally hear the variations in speech they had missed with traditional hearing aids and amplifying devices.
Earlens is a non-surgical procedure that connects this tiny lens directly to the ear drum. This device is similar to a contact lens for the eyes, but it fits on the ear drum. A mold is made of the patient’s ear drum and canal, which is used to custom make the Earlens. Once the lens is made, it is inserted by an ENT specialist.
How Does It Work?
Earlens has three parts: the processer, ear tip and lens. The processer fits behind the ear and contains a rechargeable battery. The ear tip is connected to the processer and goes inside the ear to deliver high frequency sounds to the lens. The lens stays inside the ear but the processer and ear tip are removed for showering or swimming. Patients only need to use mineral oil to keep the lens moist to maintain the function.
If you are ready to hear what you have been missing, come see us at Julie Zweig, MD Integrative Sleep & ENT for an Earlens consultation. Contact our center in Alpharetta, GA, to schedule your audiology appointment to see if you are a good candidate for this incredible hearing device.