Although hearing aids improve the quality of life for people who wear them, too many people are still finding excuses to put off getting the help they need. Whether they’re claims of discomfort, fear of damaging them, or the embarrassment of wearing them, some people are reluctant to wear hearing aids. That’s why hearing aids like Lyric, which address many of those concerns, could be a good option for some patients. Lyric is invisible While hearing aids are getting smaller and discreet, most still sit outside the ear and can still be seen. Lyric, on the other hand, is placed in the ear canal and is nearly 100 percent invisible. Lyric sounds clearer While many hearing aids provide clear sound quality, sound is clearer with a Lyric because the device sits closer to the eardrum than other hearing aids, according to Phonak, the company that produces Lyric. Lyric is water-resistant Many hearing aids should be removed when you are going to perform an activity in the water, like showering. While the Lyric is not waterproof and should not be submerged, it is water- and wax-resistant, and can be worn through daily activities like showering, exercising, and sleeping. Lyric can be worn all the time Most hearing aids will be removed at one time or another. For example, many people remove them at night for comfort, to make sure they don’t lose the unit, or to allow their ear to breathe. The Lyric, on the other hand, is placed inside the ear canal and worn 24 hours a day. Not only will you be able to hear all the time, but you don’t run the risk of accidentally misplacing it. You don’t need to change Lyric's batteries One aspect of traditional hearing aids that frustrates a lot of people is the need to constantly replace the batteries. Not only do they need to be changed, but they are very small and can be frustrating for people with poor dexterity issues. Unlike with those hearing aids, the Lyric batteries do not need to be replaced. Instead, the unit itself can be replaced every 2-3 months when the battery dies. Lyric was designed for patients with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss. An audiologist can help determine if Lyric would work for you. This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your physician. To make an appointment with one of CEENTA’s audiologists to talk about Lyric, call 704-295-3300.