Many of our patients tend to be curious about new hearing technologies and want to learn all they can. There is one hearing device that is relatively a new concept in hearing and is capable of offering many users a superior hearing experience. This device is known as the Lyric, and produced by the manufacturer Phonak.
Although both the Lyric extended wear hearing device and digital daily devices are known to have a positive impact on an individual’s well-being, this article is written to inform you about the only extended wear hearing device on the market, Lyric.
Lyric is the only deep insertion, extended-wear, invisible hearing device on the market, and has been fitted by Audiological Consultants of Atlanta (ACA) for more than 9 years. This device is designed to be worn continually for up to two months at a time with no batteries to replace.
In 2008, when ACA began fitting the Lyric, our audiologists initially thought that the ideal patient would be the more active individual, one who was younger than our average patient wearing digital daily- wear technologies. We have since come to understand that the Lyric is a great hearing solution for most of our patients, from children to the geriatric population. Many patients who use traditional daily wear devices, experience difficulty inserting batteries or simply inserting or removing their devices on a daily basis from their ear. Some actually forget to wear their hearing aids, causing a great deal of frustration for those around them. Many lose or misplace their hearing devices, as well as fail to replace the battery as needed. Additionally patients often neglect the daily maintenance of keeping their hearing aids clean and in good working order. With the Lyric such concerns become a thing of the past. Lyric is basically maintenance free, allowing patients to feel good about hearing. Once placed into the ear canal, there is nothing for the patient to do except enjoy hearing and carrying on conversation.
Because the Lyric hearing device is inserted deep into the canal and remains in the ear for generally 6-8 weeks, patients receive improved hearing round-the-clock, seven days a week, without turning their ears off. At that time the device is removed and a new one replaced and re-inserted. This sequence continues throughout the year. The constant sound stimulation and ability to hear is important not only for the detection of environmental warning signals, but also to allow the brain to process sound on a regular basis. We as normal hearing humans do not turn our ears off when we sleep, so our patients with diminished hearing should enjoy the same. The constant, consistent processing of sound also allows us to better acclimate to the sounds that surround us in our daily lives.
Remember, our ears bring in the sound and our brain processes the sound. Our brain can learn to reorganize and process sound that is received from our ears and make communication an easier interaction.
When one’s hearing is impaired it can affect:
- Cognition: This refers to the inability of the brain to process certain sounds because they cannot be “heard.” This condition affects higher level cognitive functioning. Even a mild hearing loss that remains untreated will place an increased workload on the brain to function to fill in the gaps and make sense of what was missing. The brain will then work harder than before to understand what it hears.
- Dementia: Older adults and seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop problems with thinking and memory, and are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those who have normal hearing at their respective age ranges.
- Depression: There are an increasing number of studies and supporting information that show that undiagnosed and untreated hearing loss have a high correlation with depression. Some studies indicate that individuals with hearing loss are 57 percent more likely to suffer from deep episodes of stress, bad moods and depression as compared to their counterparts with normal hearing. Other studies have also shown that working adults, ages 35 to 55 years old, with mild-to-moderate age-related hearing loss that remains untreated are more prone to depression, anxiety and increased sensitivity in their relationships with friends and loved ones. Be proactive—don’t allow the lack of hearing to affect you or your loved ones’ health and well-being. Contact Audiological Consultants of Atlanta and schedule an appointment to have your hearing evaluated. You’ll be happy you did!
P.S. The Lyric may not be a suitable solution for everyone.