New Hearing Aid Debuts in Louisville

"You know, it's pretty much 24-7 hearing. You're hearing at night, you're hearing when you're sleeping, exercising, you're showering with them, so you hear all the time."

The Lyric Hearing Aid is basically implanted deep into the ear canal.
"So it's a very precise insertion."

Because of that positioning, the microphone right by the ear drum, "the acoustics of the device are so much better because it uses your natural anatomy."

Aynsley Holzen is working on her degree in Audiology, a career to which she brings life experience, her first hearing aids at 19, the kind that fills the canal. "It's not that pleasing to look at."

Next she tried a behind the ear version, more discreet, but with it
too "you take them out when you shower, you take them out when you want to swim or exercise."

She's been wearing lyric hearing aids about 3 months and says immediately, "It kind of gave me back that normalcy again."

Quality of life and quality of sound, "I'm back within normal limits all the way across, all the pitches that we test."

ENT Specialist, Dr. Bob Knox, says this hearing aid is a good fit for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, who've yet to find a hearing aid that really works.

"I've put hearing aids in for years. One of the things people will say is thank you very much . You've turned it up, but i still don't like the way it sounds. With this they're saying it sounds just like my ear used to be."

And a big bonus, the feedback so common with hearing aids, is minimized, even non-existent.

Patients can control volume, turn them on and off, with a remote. They do need to be changed out every 2 to 3 months, when batteries fade, and patients have a special tool to take them out.

"Now I can't hear anything at all." But when the doctor re-inserts the new ones, "Okay? Yeah."

The new devices aren't cheap. A two-year supply costs close to $4,000.


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