Why yes there is! Lyric is the world’s first extended-wear hearing aid and is meant to be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for up to four months at a time. It is sold on a subscription basis; when the built-in battery is exhausted, your American Fork audiologist will fit you with a new device during a simple in-office procedure.
What is Lyric?
Lyric is a hearing aid that instead of being worn outside of your ear is placed deep in the ear canal, a mere 4mm from the eardrum. Unlike traditional hearing aids that must be removed before going to sleep, showering, swimming, etc., Lyric is deigned to remain in place for months at a time. The device is safe to wear during all your normal activities including showering, exercising, sleeping and talking on the phone. That’s right – Lyric can be worn while you shower.
How Does Lyric Work?
Lyric relies on the outer ear’s natural anatomy to direct sound to the device, which is then amplified and sent to the eardrum. This allows for improved directionality and localization (the ability to tell where sounds are coming from) and sound that is clear and natural. Its placement deep in the ear helps minimize the occlusion effect and reduces feedback.
The special coating technology protects the device from moisture and earwax. The device is also comfortable; a soft foam conforms to the contours of the ear canal to ensure the device stays in the ear. Almost 94 percent of Lyric users rate the comfort as better than their previous hearing aids, and 86 percent report “very natural” sound quality.
Who Can Use Lyric?
Like most things, Lyric may not be perfect for everybody. It works best for those with mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
Are you interested in learning more? Now is the time to contact your American Fork audiologist.