Hearing Device Option - Extended - Lyric

Lyric® is the first extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. Lyric is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional and can be worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time.* No surgery or anesthesia is required. Unlike many other hearing aids, Lyric is positioned completely inside the ear canal, so it uses your ear’s natural anatomy to provide exceptional sound quality. Lyric lets you hear better and live life to the fullest!

  • 100% Invisible
    • The placement of Lyric in the ear canal makes it totally invisible.
    • No one will know why you are hearing better except you.
  • Effortless Hearing, 24/7
    • Lyric can be used during your daily activities, such as exercising, showering, talking on the phone, and sleeping.
    • There are no batteries to change, no maintenance is needed, and no daily insertion or removal is required.
  • Natural Sound Quality
    • Lyric’s placement deep in the ear canal allows the outer ear (the pinna) to direct sound into the ear canal naturally, resulting in improved directionality and localization, reduced feedback, and improved high frequency gain.

95% of Lyric users prefer Lyric sound quality to their previous hearing aids.**

Lyric is different from traditional hearing aids because it is placed deep in the ear canal, millimeters from the ear drum, and stays there for months at a time. The outer ear naturally directs sound towards the Lyric hearing device, where sound is then amplified close to your ear drum. Deep canal placement helps to improve directionality and localization (ability to determine where sounds are coming from), reduce feedback and occlusion (plugged feeling), minimize background noise, and helps to improve your ability to hear high frequency sounds.

Being able to hear 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time* is another unique aspect of Lyric. Most traditional hearing aids are daily wear devices, so you need to put them on and take them off each day, and replace the batteries when they wear out. You have daily reminders of your hearing loss. With the Lyric hearing device, you don’t have these daily reminders, you sleep, shower, and exercise with Lyric in your ear. You wear it 24/7. Lyric helps you hear better all day and night without interruptions.

Once placed, Lyric is invisible, so no one will know why you are hearing better except you. Most hearing aids are visible, you can see a small tube or part of the hearing device in the opening of the ear canal. Because Lyric is placed deep inside the ear canal, it is 100% invisible. People cannot see Lyric in your ear, and you can talk on the phone normally because nothing is outside the ear to interfere with a phone or headset. The invisibility that Lyric provides also helps you forget you are wearing a hearing aid. If you are a woman, you can wear your hair short, or up, or behind your ears without anyone knowing you are wearing a hearing aid.

How it Works

Lyric® is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional during a routine office visit. No surgery or anesthesia is required.

Once placed, Lyric is 100% invisible, allowing you to enjoy all the benefits of better hearing without anyone knowing you’re wearing a hearing aid. You can use Lyric for months at a time*, there are no batteries to replace and no repairs to make. Just visit your hearing professional's office as needed* to receive new devices with the latest Lyric technology.

Lyric is sold on a subscription basis, meaning you will purchase a year’s worth of Lyric devices at a time. You will be guaranteed to have the most advanced Lyric hearing technology currently available, since you will be receiving new devices at each follow-up office visit.

Uniquely designed and placed, Lyric works with your ear’s anatomy to deliver exceptional sound quality. Lyric uses your outer ear to naturally direct sound into your ear canal without the need for multiple settings or complicated programs.

Lyric will be programmed for your specific hearing needs. You will be able to adjust the settings and volume on your device as needed, as well as turn the device on and off.

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Lyric Technology:

Developed by ENT physicians and audiologists, Lyric was built around three key concepts that hearing professionals have known for years:

  • Sound quality improves with proximity to the eardrum
  • Many people with hearing loss are dissatisfied with their hearing aid options
  • Consumers desire a hassle-free, invisible solution

Lyric Technology features:

  • Biocompatible soft foam seals engineered to contour to the ear canal; safe to wear 24/7, months at a time*
  • Proprietary mechanical and coating technology developed to protect the device from moisture and earwax
  • A proprietary battery designed to last up to 120 days
  • A programmable sound processing system designed to work millimeters from the eardrum, allowing for both microphone and receiver placement in the ear canal

90% of Lyric users report that Lyric’s sound quality is more natural than their prior traditional hearing aid.**

Lyric Sound Quality

Unlike other hearing aids, Lyric® is placed deep into the bony portion of the ear canal so that the receiver resides approximately 4 mm from the ear drum and the microphone is ≥4 mm from the opening of the ear canal. This placement deep in the ear canal provides a number of sound quality benefits. In fact, in a recent user survey, Lyric users reported that Lyric’s sound quality is more natural than the sound quality of their prior traditional hearing aid.1

Benefits of Deep Canal Placement:

  • Improved Directionality and Localization (ability to tell where sounds are coming from) Lyric’s placement deep in the ear canal allows the pinna (outer part of the ear) to interact naturally with incoming sounds. The acoustic transformations produced by the pinna as sound enters the ear canal contribute to the ability to accurately determine where sounds are coming from in the environment.2,3 This ability contributes to the perception of natural hearing and is key to organizing multiple sound sources in space (e.g., several people talking at the same time) in order to selectively attend to the source (talker) of interest.4,5
  • Minimized Occlusion Effect (blocked feeling in the ear canal) Lyric’s design and placement allow it to reside deeper in the bony portion of the ear canal than traditional hearing aids, thus minimizing the occlusion effect. The occlusion effect occurs with hearing aids because sound that causes vibrations in the ear canal cannot escape out the open end of the ear canal; the sound gets trapped by the hearing aid and instead travels toward the ear drum. Hearing aids that fit deep in the ear canal, extending into and making contact with the bony portion of the canal, reduce the vibrations that cause the occlusion effect relative to standard-length hearing aids.6,7
  • Reduced Feedback (whistling sound hearing aids can make) o Deep placement of a hearing aid, such as with Lyric, has been shown to reduce feedback for several reasons:8
    • The receiver sits closer to the ear drum than with traditional hearing aids, thereby requiring less output to accommodate comparable degrees of hearing loss, which decreases the chance of feedback occurring.
    • The reduction of the occlusion effect due to the deep canal placement of Lyric eliminates the need for large vents needed with traditional hearing aids. Thus there is one less pathway for sound to leak out and for feedback to occur.
    • Less high-frequency amplification between 2000-3000 Hz is required at the output of the hearing aid, which is the frequency range that most commonly contributes to feedback.
  • Lyric resides predominately in the hard-walled bony portion of the ear canal. Because less of Lyric lies in the cartilaginous portion of the ear canal as compared to traditional hearing aids, there is less opportunity for the device to move and create a gap between the canal and the device around which sound can escape and produce feedback.
  • Lyric is anchored in the ear canal with two soft, compliant “seals” that conform to irregular shapes and contours of various ear canals, even when the ear changes shape during chewing and talking. This prevents slippage of the device which, with traditional hearing aids, causes gaps to form between the aid and the canal wall resulting in sound leakage and feedback.
  • High-Frequency Gain (ability to hear high pitched sounds) Deep canal fittings such as with Lyric result in an increase in sound pressure level at the ear drum. This increase can be up to 15dB in the high frequencies and is caused primarily by a combination of two factors:9
    • Reduced residual ear canal volume between the receiver and the ear drum
    • The microphone location deeper in the ear canal allowing for pinna effects
  • Additional Advantages
    • Security of fit and retention
    • Comfort: 94% of Lyric users rate Lyric’s comfort as better than their prior hearing aids10
    • Reduction of wind noises
    • Ability to use ear-level listening devices, such as a telephone, headphones, or stethoscope, with little to no feedback

1. Based on a telephone survey of 67 patients who had used Lyric for at least 30 days.
2. Blauert, J. (1997). Spatial Hearing: The Psychophysics of Human Sound Localization. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, p. 63.
3. Langendijk, E.H.A. and Bronkhorst, A.W. (2002). Contribution of spectral cues to human sound localization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 112, 1583-1596.
4. Cherry, E. (1953). Some experiments on the recognition of speech, with one and with two ears. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 25, 975-979.
5. Kidd, G. Jr., Arbogast, T.L., Mason, C.R. and Gallun, F.J. (2005). The advantage of knowing where to listen. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 118, 3804-3815.
6. Killion, M.C., Wilbur, L. and Gudmundsen, G.I. (1988). Zwislocki was right… A potential solution to the “hollow voice” problem (the amplified occlusion effect) with deeply-seated earmolds. Hearing Instruments, 39, 14-18.
7. Mueller, H.G., Bright, K.E. and Northern, J.L. (1996). Studies of the hearing aid occlusion effect. Seminars in Hearing, 17, 21-32.
8. Staab, W. (1996). Introduction to deep canal principles. Seminars in Hearing, 17, 3-19.
9. Ibid.
10. Based on the combination of results from two surveys totaling 47 patients who had used Lyric for at least 30 days.

*Satisfaction rating data based on a survey given to 68 clinical research patients after 30 days of using the Lyric device. The survey asked patients to rate various aspects of their device based on 5 choices, ranging from “Very Dissatisfied” to “Very Satisfied.” This data reflects the percentage of patients who rated their Lyric experience as “Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied.” N=68 patient responses for all categories except N=112 individual ear responses for “Comfort.” Data on file at InSound Medical, Inc.

**Comparison to Traditional Hearing Aids data based on combined results of a telephone survey of 28 Lyric consumer patients and a survey of 19 Lyric clinical research patients. All 47 patients had previously worn traditional hearing aids of varying types and brands and had used Lyric for at least 30 days. Both surveys asked patients to rate various aspects of their device experience as compared to their previous traditional hearing aid based on five choices, ranging from “much worse” to “much better.” This data reflects the percentage of patients who rated Lyric “better” or “much better” than their previous traditional hearing aids for the given aspect. Data on file at InSound Medical, Inc.

What to Expect

Getting started on the path toward better hearing is easy. With Lyric® Hearing, you get your own customized Lyric devices in one simple office visit to your Lyric trained hearing professional's office. Lyric is a non-surgically placed hearing aid, and no anesthesia is required. Sizing and fitting you for new Lyric devices should take less than one hour.

To begin your experience, schedule an initial appointment with your local Lyric trained hearing professional.

Initial Patient Visit

Your initial visit will begin with an evaluation of your specific hearing loss condition. Based on this evaluation, your trained Lyric hearing professional will determine if Lyric is the best option for your hearing and lifestyle needs.

Evaluation Steps

  • Perform hearing exam to assess your hearing loss
  • Conduct ear exam to check size/shape of your canal and ear health
  • Evaluate your lifestyle/hearing needs

Once you and your hearing professional have determined that Lyric is right for you, you will be sized and fitted with Lyric. This process has three simple steps that enable you to leave the office with your Lyric hearing devices.

Sizing and Fitting Steps

  • Size and place Lyric
  • Program Lyric
  • Discuss how to use Lyric, Q&A, and follow-up visits

After completing the steps above, you will start to experience the benefits of Lyric Hearing.

Follow-up Visits to Receive Your New Lyric Devices

Lyric devices may be used until they cease to function or for a maximum of 120 days. Individual replacement needs may vary. Patients should expect to return to their hearing professional's office for 10-minute replacement visits as needed.

*Lyric can be worn for up to 120 days at a time. Individual replacement needs may vary.

Benefits

100% INVISIBLE

No one will know why you’re hearing better except you.

Unlike traditional hearing aids, Lyric®’s small size and placement in the ear canal make it totally invisible. Lyric allows you to enjoy the benefits of better hearing without anyone ever knowing you’re wearing a hearing aid.

Person Wearing Lyric

EFFORTLESS HEARING, 24/7

With Lyric, you can forget the hassles of traditional hearing aids.

Lyric allows you to hear 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time.* You can use Lyric during your activities – such as sleeping, showering, exercising, using external headphones, and talking on the phone. There are no batteries to change, no maintenance is needed, and no daily insertion is required. Lyric is a hearing solution that lets you lead your life day-to-day without consistently being reminded of your hearing loss.

NATURAL SOUND QUALITY

Lyric is designed to take advantage of your ear’s anatomy. Lyric’s unique design and placement works with your ear’s natural anatomy to deliver exceptional sound quality. Lyric uses your outer ear to naturally direct sound into the ear canal without the need for multiple settings or complicated programs.

The exterior of Lyric is made of a soft material specifically designed to contour to your ear canal. Lyric is comfortably placed in your ear canal during a routine visit to your Lyric trained hearing professional. Your ENT physician and audiologist will work together to make sure your Lyric device is fitted and adjusted specifically for your individual hearing needs. Once you are wearing Lyric, you can still adjust the volume if needed, as well as turn the device on and off.

90% of Lyric users report that Lyric's sound quality is more natural than their prior traditional hearing aid.**

*Lyric can be worn for up to 120 days at a time. Individual replacement needs may vary.

**Based on a telephone survey of 67 patients who had worn the Lyric hearing aid for at least 30 days.


Lyric Hearing FAQ

What is Lyric Hearing?

Lyric is the first and only 100% invisible extended wear hearing device. Lyric is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional and can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for months at a time.*

Unlike many other hearing aids, Lyric is positioned completely inside the ear canal, and it uses the ear’s anatomy to provide natural sound quality.

What Makes Lyric Different?

  • 100% INVISIBLE
    Placed completely in the ear canal, Lyric is totally invisible.
    Only the patient will know why he/she is hearing better.
  • EFFORTLESS HEARING, 24/7
    Lyric can be worn during daily activities, such as exercising, showering, talking on the phone, and sleeping.
    There are no batteries to change, no daily maintenance is needed, and no daily insertion or removal is required.
  • NATURAL PLACEMENT, NATURAL SOUND
    Lyric delivers exceptional sound quality.
    Lyric uses the outer ear to naturally direct sound into the ear canal without the need for multiple channels or settings.

How does Lyric Work?

Lyric is comfortably placed in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional during a routine office visit. No surgery or anesthesia is required.

Once placed, Lyric is 100% invisible, worn continuously for months at a time, and uses the ear’s natural anatomy to deliver exceptional sound quality.

Lyric is programmed for each patients’ specific hearing needs, and patients can adjust the volume of the device as needed.

Who is a good Candidate for Lyric?

Lyric is designed for people with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss. A Lyric trained hearing professional will assess hearing loss, ear size and shape, medical conditions, and lifestyle to determine if Lyric is the right choice. Approximately half of the people with hearing loss may be Lyric candidates.

Does Lyric require any surgery?

Lyric is NOT a surgically implanted device. Lyric is placed and programmed in the office by a Lyric trained hearing professional. No anesthesia is required. The sizing and fitting process for Lyric takes about one hour.

Can patients take the Lyric Hearing Device out?

Lyric can be self-removed if necessary. Patients are provided with a removal tool.

How long does the Lyric Hearing Device last?

Lyric may be worn for up to 120 days or until it ceases to function. Patients will need to return to their Lyric trained hearing professional’s office for 10-minute replacement visits. Individual replacement needs may vary, as device longevity is affected by usage patterns, environmental differences, and lifestyle.

What does Lyric feel like?

The exterior of Lyric is made of a soft material specifically designed to contour to the ear canal. This soft exterior helps make Lyric comfortable to wear. After an initial adjustment period (anywhere between 7 and 14 days), most patients no longer feel Lyric in their ear.

Can patients swim with Lyric?

Swimming and diving underwater are not recommended. However, Lyric is water resistant and showering can be done while wearing Lyric.

Is Lyric Safe?

The device has been safely used by hundreds of clinical research patients since 2001 and was first launched commercially in January 2007.

What does Lyric cost?

Lyric is sold on a subscription basis, meaning patients will purchase one year of Lyric hearing at a time. There is no need for repairs or battery replacement. Patients will be guaranteed to have the most advanced Lyric technology currently available, since they will be receiving new Lyric devices throughout the year. Patients can talk with their Lyric trained hearing professional to discuss exact pricing and payment options.

Does the initial evaluation and exam cost anything?

The Lyric trained hearing professional will determine the cost of patient visits. There will most often be a hearing evaluation performed by the audiologist and an ear exam performed by the ENT physician, both of which will likely have professional fees. The hearing professional can help patients determine if their insurance will cover these costs.

Can I use headsets or earbuds with Lyric?

External headphones and external hearing protection can be used. Do not use inserted headsets, earbuds, or earplugs, because they may dislodge the device. (Standard iPod® earphones may be used)
Will an MRI, X-ray, or CT scan damage Lyric or place my ear at risk?

Lyric must be removed before you have an MRI. Unlike an MRI, an X-ray or CT scan will not damage or dislodge the device because a magnet is not used. However, you should inform the physician and/or technician about the Lyric device. If an X-ray or CT scan of the ear or head is needed, the device may need to be removed. Let your physician know that you are wearing Lyric if you are having surgery or a medical procedure of any kind.

Can I fly on a plane with Lyric?

Yes. It is safe to fly while wearing Lyric.

Will Lyric set off a metal detector?

No. Lyric’s metal components are too small to set off metal detectors.

Do I have to return to the Lyric trained hearing professional’s office each time I want a new device?

Patients will be required to return to their Lyric trained hearing professional’s office for 10-minute replacement visits.

Can I use my cell phone or home phone while wearing Lyric?

Yes, one of the benefits of Lyric’s placement is that it can be worn while talking on the cell phone or home phone. In fact, Lyric can be worn during your daily activities – such as sleeping, showering, exercising, and using headphones.

What type of hearing loss does Lyric address?

Lyric is designed to fit patients with a mild to moderately-severe hearing loss. Find out if Lyric is right for you by scheduling a hearing evaluation with your Lyric trained hearing professional.

LYRIC FITTING RANGE

*Lyric can be worn for up to 120 days at a time. Individual results may vary.
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