Are Lyric Hearing Aids the Next Generation Solution?

Lyric Hearing is a company which proclaims to “develop and manufacture next-generation hearing solutions”. They claim to have the world’s first 27/7 wearable, invisible and shower proof hearing device on the market. It is said to be able to be worn 24 hours per day, 7 days per week without the need to worry about changing batteries.

It can be worn whilst showering, exercising, and sleeping, and is so discrete that even someone who is close to the ear would be very unlikely to detect its presence. There is little doubt that then that this hearing aid device is gaining the interest of many people.

Why Would A Person Need A Hearing Aid?

How do you know if you might need a hearing aid? Some people do not notice the gradual decline of their hearing. Unless your hearing impairment is the result of sudden trauma or illness, the slow degradation may not be apparent until someone else notices your tendency to not be able to hear their conversation. Some of the signs that you might be having difficulties hearing include:

– Believing that people are talking softly or mumbling, when others do not have the same problem.
– Often requesting people to repeat their words.
– Increasing the television volume beyond that of what others in the home may deem necessary.
– Difficulty in making out individual voices in a crowded environment.
– Having trouble hearing people on the telephone.

These are just some of the factors that could indicate that your hearing is declining, and that a hearing aid may be required. The first step, of course, is to take a hearing test with a professional audiologist.

How can a Hearing Aid Help Someone Who Has a Hearing Impairment?

A hearing aid amplifies the sounds around you so that you are able to better hear them, despite your hearing Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 18.25.08impairment. This means that otherwise softer sounds will be more audible, whilst sounds that are considered normal, such as conversation, will be considerably more comfortable.

But every hearing aid is different, and there is now enough use of various technologies to differentiate many different types of hearing aids based on need, preference and particular hearing impairment conditions. These differences in features and technology also mean there is a big difference in cost and quality of hearing aids available today.

How Do Lyric Hearing Aids Work?

Lyric hearing aids are placed completely into the ear canal, making them not visible to anyone else, even on close inspection. The design of the Lyric hearing aid is such that it makes use of the natural outer ear to direct sound naturally into the ear canal. There are no settings and no need for multiple channels, as can be the case with other hearing aids.

The Lyric hearing aid needs to be placed into the ear by a professional; after this, it can be worn for many months continuously. This process takes about an hour, but the user is supplied with a removal tool, in the case that they may wish to remove the hearing aid themself at any point in time.

Due to the highly customized fitting, the unit is completely programmed for the need of the individual person. The user is then able to adjust the volume according to their own needs and comfort level.

People with mild to moderately severe hearing loss are the main candidates for a Lyric hearing aid.

What Makes Lyric Hearing Aids Different and Better Than Others?

Screen Shot 2014-03-14 at 18.26.39One of the biggest unique selling points of Lyric hearing aids is that the fact that the company labels them 100% invisible. This means that the stigma of wearing a hearing aid is virtually eliminated. For many people, this can mean the difference between wearing a hearing aid, and avoiding the use of one simply because they are not comfortable with it being noticed by others.

The fact that there are no batteries to change in these hearing aids is another huge benefit. This means that they can be worn for long periods of time, or even permanently. The company says that there is no need for any daily maintenance to be carried out and that they can be safely kept in for 24 hours per day. Due to the unobtrusive nature of the Lyric aids, they are able to be worn during physical activity, as well as when sleeping and showering. It is however not recommended to swim or dive with the hearing aid in the ear.

What Is The Sound Quality Like?

Because the hearing aid is placed only about 4mm from the ear drum (called Deep Canal placement), there is a much greater ability for the user to be able to tell where the sounds are coming from. This improved directionality allows the wearer to more easily distinguish sounds in confusing environments, such as when there are multiple people talking in a small room.

The deep canal placement is also believed to result in much less whistling sound, or feedback, that can so often be a problem with other hearing aids. One reason that this is the case is because the receiver is closer to the ear drum, and because there is less high frequency amplifications in the 2000-3000 Hz range. This frequency range is where feedback such as whistling is most commonly experienced.

Apart from sound quality however, comfort is a major concern for people who are thinking of purchasing a new hearing aid. Due to the deep canal placement of the Lyric hearing aid, some people may be concerned whether this will result in any discomfort. The company says that a huge 94% of their customers have rated the comfort of their Lyric hearing aid as better than their previous hearing aid. The “Minimized Occlusion Effect” also removes that blocked feeling that would otherwise be felt in the ear canal.

Conclusion on Lyric Hearing Aids

There is no doubt that Lyric are racing ahead of the competition when it comes to hearing aid innovation, convenience, comfort and technology. Their small, discreet hearing aid will appeal to people who have been searching for something different, and those who want a hearing aid that can be worn without the knowledge of others; whilst still being able to benefit from superb sound quality.

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