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Introducing the new Lyric 3

The Lyric is growing in popularity and this summer the next generation of this invisible hearing is being launched in Canada. The development focus for the new Lyric3 has been on improving the following:

  • Device Reliability - Moisture protection is improved thereby improving the device life.
  • Sound Quality - New parameters in the device software have led to more customization of the product.

I personally think the Lyric is a great option for many people and we are proud to be a certified Lyric provider because it allows us to offer every option to people who are seeking treatment for their hearing loss. This is unique in a hearing clinic because it means we truly have access to every hearing aid manufactured and are able to offer them to each client.

The benefit of the Lyric for many people is the ease of use. The most common populations to use this device are:

  • The person who truly wants to use hearing aids but doesn't want anyone else to see them. Because they are 100% invisible, this need is met for these individuals.
  • The patient who has extreme difficulty inserting devises on their own and needs to rely on care workers. With this device there is no daily maintenance.
  • The person who has Parkinson's or other essential tremors making battery insertion and fine motor tasks challenging.
  • The person who has hearing loss but wants to forget about it. The depth of the device allows it to feel as though it is not there after a few hours of use. The absence of insertion, removal and changing batteries allows a person to go about their day as though they had no hearing aids at all.

As with most things, advances in software development as well as better materials are helping to make big strides in the hearing industry.

If you are interested in trying the Lyric, there is a 30 day free trial available from both of our clinics. This means the device is inserted and you keep it for 30 days to see if this is the right product for your needs at no cost.

Call one of our clinics to book your appointment to try the new Lyric3.

What I Love

Do you know what I love?  What actually makes me smile when I am in my office?  Watching someone operate and control their hearing aids using their iPhone.  There is something miraculous about this technology leap that pleases me.  I am not sure if it’s because it is so cool or so easy, or so inconspicuous, or so tech savvy but I feel like this leap to wearable tech is huge for hearing aids.   Seeing the amazement on people’s faces as they listen to podcasts or music directly into their hearing aids is fun.  Truly. 

Something I have been hearing a lot of with this technology is “well, look at me, aren’t I fancy”.  People are excited, happy, amazed at what their hearing aids can do and can’t wait to tell their friends.  If this isn’t a shift in the positive direction for the reputation of hearing aids, I don’t know what is. 

I love technology and what it can do for us.  If you do too, let me know…

Hearing Aid Diary

This week we had a new user of hearing aids come into the office with her observations about her first week being aided.  Because of her detail, we thought we would share it with you because she does a great job of explaining how her first few days go with the addition of hearing aids.  This is real life stuff. 

Great to read for anyone who wonders what it will be like to use hearing aids.

Hearing Aid Diary

June 9/14

Hearing aids put in approx. 12 noon by audiologist

Wore them for the rest of the day until bedtime. Very comfortable.

 

Observations:

Tinnitus not as noticeable.

Can turn TV much lower.

Crackling of paper.

My footsteps on floor louder.

Keyboard louder.

More traffic noises.

Signal light indicator louder.

June 10

Put hearing aids in approx. 9am.

 

Observations:

Ears felt a wee bit ticklish at first. After 10 min. or so, feeling of ticklishness went away.

Wore them to gym class. Until music started, sounds of gym were noisy, i.e., sounded like a needle on a record with song finished. Once music started, it was loud, but better in terms of background noise. Also, sweated with moisture in hair (was concerned about hearing aids, but kept them in).

Went for coffee at Pure Vanilla – conversation with friend & background noise well tolerated.

Once home, took them out to shower. Reinserted at 3:30.

Wore till bedtime.

 

June 11

Put hearing aids in approx. 8:30am.

 

Observations:

Newspaper crackles. Quite aware of this.

Fields Test for eyes 11:30am – removed  hearing aids for test.

(don’t want sounds via hearing aids to interfere with my concentration of flashing lights).

Put hearing aids back in upon returning home. Wore the rest of the day.

June 12

Put hearing aids in approx. 8:00am.

 

Observations:

Took out hearing aids for gym class (12-1pm) as just too much background noise. Also concerned about sweating. Will insert upon returning home.

I notice now a desire to put them in. I am much better with my hearing aids in as I go about my day.

 

June 13

Put hearing aids in approx. 7:30am

 

Observations:

Getting used to more sounds now. Sounds don’t seem to be so loud. I feel I am adjusting to hearing aids well.

 

Reasons to Wear Your Hearing Aids

“I take them out when I’m home because I don’t really need them there”.

 “I don’t take them with me when I go for a walk because I don’t really need them”

“I put them in my ears at about noon because I don’t need them in the morning”.

You get the idea.  These statements, are all pointing to the same point, which is that the presumption that the only thing you need to hear is speech.  If you have hearing aids, it’s because you need them.  Whether you want to wear them is another story.  I often don’t want to floss my teeth, but I still need to.

What is important to remember is that hearing people is a nice benefit of using hearing aids but there is so much more going on in the brain when hearing aids are used consistently.   We hear with our brains, our ears are merely the vehicle by which sound travels to the brain.  The auditory cortex has a memory of about three years.  This means that with the onset of hearing loss, the brain still remembers the sound even if it isn’t getting the exact stimulus.  Hearing aids not only help you hear better in the moment, they help your brain to remember sounds in our environment. 

One of the primary reasons to use hearing aids is not just to hear people, but to keep the auditory nerve fibers and auditory cortex stimulated.  Use it or lose it as the famous saying goes.  A lot of research has emerged over the past 3 years about the correlation between hearing loss and memory loss.  We want to keep all channels of sensory input to the brain working at optimal levels so that they brain may quickly process the environment around us. 

So, wear your hearing aids.  All day.  They work better that way.  If for some reason you are unable to, then come see us, we can fix that.

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Hearing Fact

More than 8 million Canadians have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved. Children and teenagers seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults may lose their hearing so gradually they do not realize it is happening.

The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.