If you’ve been doing any sort of research on hearing aids, you’re bound to have come across the lnSound Lyric extended-wear hearing aid. This little technology marvel stays in the ear canal for up to 4 months. It’s gotten rave reviews from audiologists and from wearer’s alike and has been featured on TV shows like Dr. Oz and The Doctors. But Lyric isn’t for everyone. In fact, research says that about 43% of those who could wear the Lyric (they’re hearing loss is appropriate, they’ve never had chemotherapy or radiation treatment to their head or neck, they aren’t diabetic, the ear canal is large enough) end up not being compatible with Lyric for some reason. Often, the reason is just the fact that the ear canal won’t accept it. So, what do you do if your ear isn’t right for Lyric or your budget won’t allow for it (subscriptions range from $3200 to $3600 a year)? There is a new alternative called the Invisible In The Canal (IIC) hearing aid. If you’re looking for small and Lyric isn’t an option, the IIC may be your answer.
The Starkey SoundLens is the first Invisible in-the-canal hearing aid that can be removed daily by the wearer. The size and invisibility may be the largest consideration for the majority of its wearers, but the SoundLens also offers exceptional sound quality. Using Starkey’s Voice IQ technology, the SoundLens improves hearing in the presence of background noise. It also incorporates Starkey’s industry-leading feedback management system while digital programming allows the instrument to be fully tailored to your listening needs
The SoundLens is the ideal instrument for the active individual who requires a discreet hearing aid. Its sound quality and technology features are best-in-class and the size make it an ideal choice for those looking for a discreet alternative to the typical hearing aid. There are some drawbacks to the SoundLens to consider: because of its size, dexterity is a consideration. It also uses a small battery, which necessitates changing of the battery often. Starkey reports a typical battery life of 5 to 7 days with a 16-hour per-day wear time. Finally, the SoundLens won’t work for every ear. Starkey reports that roughly 60% of people with hearing loss can be fit with the SoundLens. The most common issue is size of the ear canal but it also works best for the mild to moderate hearing loss. Given these few drawbacks, the Starkey SoundLens is a great alternative for those who are looking for an invisible everyday-wear hearing aid.