General information on hearing aids and, the Lyric Invisible Hearing Aid to help you make an informed decision and find the best hearing aid possible for you.
Hearing Aid Information
Hearing loss and the need for hearing aids (or hearing amplifiers) is a pressing concern for people of all ages and lifestyles. With the latest advancements in hearing aid technology there is an abundance of choices for all types of hearing loss. Different hearing aids vary in cost, quality, features and fit. With each different type of hearing aid there are advantages and disadvantages. Our goal is to help you make the most informed decision possible in order to provide the best hearing possible.
What is a hearing aid? At a very general level a hearing aid is a device inserted in or near the ear that takes the auditory sounds around you and amplifies them before transmitting that amplified sound more directly to your ear to help compensate for a hearing loss. Different hearing aids come in different styles depending on the type of hearing loss, the appearance desired by the user, lifestyle and use of the aids, and the type of hearing assistance needed to be provided by the hearing aid. Choosing a hearing aid for yourself or a loved one is an important and complex decision and we hope to help that process as much as possible by providing information on the various types of hearing aids, including the Lyric Hearing Aid.
Hearing Aid Types
There are a variety of different hearing aid types, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In order to fully understand your needs in a hearing device, it is important to know about the various types of hearing aids available to you.
Extended Wear Hearing Aids
Extended Wear Hearing Aids are meant to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time*. These devices carry the advantage of lower maintenance and less work by the user. Additionally in the case of the Lyric device there are no batteries to change, and a simple visit once every 3 months to your Lyric provider is all that is required, with the visit usually lasting less than 20 minutes.
This type of hearing aid is great for people who lead an active lifestyle or are busy and don't want to have to worry about their hearing aid.
Behind the Ear hearing Aids (BTE)
Behind the Ear hearing aids are typically the most visible hearing aids and the most traditional. These hearing aids consist of a large, generally plastic case that rests behind the ear with a tube or wire running into the ear and the transmitter of sound. BTE Hearing Aids are customizable and powerful, but are the most easily noticed Hearing Aid available and require battery changes and maintenance on the part of the wearer.
In the Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)
In the ear hearing aids are molded plastic shells that fit completely inside the outer part of your ear. These hearing aids are designed for moderate to severe hearing loss. Additionally these devices are large enough that they often can support additional features such as telecoils and Bluetooth.
In the Canal, Completely in the Canal (ITC, CIC) Hearing Aids
In the Canal Hearing Aids are housed deeper inside the ear canal than ITE devices, but are still generally visible to an outside observer. These hearing aids are less noticeable and must be custom molded to the ear of the user. They can offer some unique features similar to ITE hearing aids but for the most part will be a simpler device.
Invisible in the Canal Hearing Aids (IIC)
Invisible in the Canal Hearing Aids are placed deep inside the ear canal and are invisible to outside observers. Due to their deep placement in the ear canal there is less noise interference from the outside.
The Lyric hearing device is considered both an IIC hearing aid and is one of the only extended wear hearing aids. This provides a high quality union of 2 of the most commonly sought after traits in a hearing aid, invisibility and ease of use. Additionally, one of the main benefits of an IIC hearing aid is that, due to the placement in the ear canal, it uses your natural ear structure to deliver the most natural possible sound of any hearing aid. Also, their small size allows users to have them placed and go on with their daily activities, often forgetting about the devices and their hearing loss, unlike aids that are taken in and out of the ear regularly.
While major adjustments to the hearing aid will require a visit to your hearing aid professional, most ITC hearing aids can be adjusted by their users either with the help of a control station or wirelessly with a remote control. The Lyric hearing aid uses the SoundLync adjustment tool in order to turn the device on and off at night and to make volume adjustments as needed.
Due to the positioning of IIC hearing aids, they can be left in for a majority of activities and uses. In many cases they can be used with headphones and regular phones without the use of any extra equipment or amplification. They also may be left in during many sporting activities in order to allow a user to hear while participating in their favorite activity.