Full Bandwidth Streamed Audio with an Open-fit: Is It Possible?

With the proliferation of smartphone usage amongst hearing aid users, good sound quality during streaming is no longer a ‘desire’ but a ‘need.' Unlike conventional acoustic hearing aids, the Earlens Contact Hearing Aid’s unique mechanism of action allows for the provision of low-frequency output for streamed sources while maintaining a widely vented fitting. Using an industry-wide standard method for evaluation of sound quality, subjective judgments of streamed audio quality of the Earlens compared with other MFi-capable acoustic hearing aids reveals that the Earlens Contact Hearing Aid offers the best streamed audio sound quality for both speech and music.