Lyric 3 Hearing Aid

Note: We do not sell Lyric. Please do not contact us with questions regarding Lyric or to contact a Lyric provider near you. The previous post I wrote, Lyric hearing aid review has been a very well-read post, so I thought I’d do an update to that post and mention the new Lyric hearing aid that will be widely available this summer 2014. Lyric, initially released in 2007, has now gone through 3 iterations, and this post will be focused on the latest iteration- Lyric 3. Note: There is very little information available online about the Lyric 3, so this post will highlight what we know so far about Lyric 3, and I will follow it up with a more in-depth post once I have fit the device and have more experience with it.

So far, we know a few things about the Lyric 3 and the changes that have been made to the product:

  • Next generation low-power, deep-ear chip that enables enhanced adaptive signal processing. Translation: The chip that powers the Lyric device has gotten an upgrade, as all hearing aid chips do. Hopefully this means the Lyric will sound better in a wider variety of environments.
  • Expanded gain range with per-patient amplification configuration: Translation: The Lyric 3 will have more gain (volume) than Lyrics in the past. Hopefully this means that more people who want to wear the Lyric will be good candidates for it.
  • Ergonomic and easy-to-use programming wand that allows for independent, binaural programming at the ear. Translation: This really only applies to the providers. I didn’t think the old (current) programming wand was hard to use, but apparently it has been made more user friendly.
  • Improved pre-calc based on NAL and over 14,000 audiograms. Translation: This means that when you are first fit with the Lyric, it will have a greater likelihood of sounding good to you right off the bat, and require less programming adjustments.
  • New programming options and software interface to provide increased fitting flexibility. Translation: Your hearing provider will be able to make more adjustments to the hearing aids than they could before. Without having fit this product yet, I would guess that this is the most notable improvement to the Lyric 3, as fitting flexibility was pretty limited in prior versions. Hopefully this allows for much greater control to make the devices sound better for wearers.

If you’ve read my previous post on the Lyric, and the 100+ comments, you know that success with Lyric is kind of a mixed bag for folks. Some do really well, some hate it- the Lyric has a polarizing effect on people. Hopefully with the Lyric 3 more people who want to wear it can wear it successfully, as I believe it is an incredible product and am looking forward to fitting this latest generation. When I do, I will be sure to post an update here. In addition, if any of my readers have worn the Lyric 3 please post comments below as many people are interested!

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