October 4, 2023

Phonak Lyric vs Traditional Hearing Aids

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Phonak Lyric vs Traditional Hearing Aids

Traditional hearing aids have long been the go-to solution for improving hearing experiences, designed to be worn during waking hours and removed before sleep. However, the Phonak Lyric challenges this norm. Unlike its conventional counterparts, the Lyric is engineered to provide continuous, round-the-clock hearing support. 

In this article, we'll delve into the key differences between the Phonak Lyric and traditional hearing aids, exploring how each caters to the unique needs of the user.

Understanding Phonak Lyric

Phonak Lyric is a revolutionary hearing aid designed for 24/7 use. It's the world's first 100% invisible hearing aid, placed deep in the ear canal by a trained professional.

Unlike traditional hearing aids that process sound outside the ear, Phonak Lyric uses the natural anatomy of the ear to amplify sound, thus providing a more natural and full listening experience. The device is designed to be placed deep into the ear canal, near the eardrum, which enables it to utilize the ear's natural acoustics for sound amplification.

Features of the Phonak Lyric:

  • Fully Invisible: Lyric is placed in the ear canal, making it completely invisible.
  • 24/7 Use: Users can wear Lyric round-the-clock for weeks or even months at a time without the need to remove it for charging or cleaning.
  • Natural Sound Quality: The device's placement in the ear canal allows it to leverage the ear's natural acoustics, providing a natural sound quality.
  • No Daily Maintenance: No battery changes or daily cleaning is required.

A thorough hearing assessment by a professional is necessary to determine if Phonak Lyric is the right choice for you.

Traditional Hearing Aids: An Overview

Traditional hearing aids have been the go-to solution for hearing loss for many years. They come in various styles, including behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE), and receiver-in-canal (RIC), each offering unique benefits.

Features of traditional hearing aids:

  • Visible: Traditional hearing aids are usually visible as they are worn behind or in the ear.
  • Manual Control: Users have the ability to manually adjust the volume and settings.
  • Daily Maintenance: Regular cleaning and battery changes are required.
  • Customizable: Many models offer customizable features and settings to cater to individual hearing needs.

Comparing Phonak Lyric and Traditional Hearing Aids

Comfort and Placement 

While the deep placement of Phonak Lyric in the ear canal can be uncomfortable for some users, traditional hearing aids offer the flexibility of being inserted and removed at will. This makes traditional aids a more comfortable option for those who find Lyric's deep placement problematic.

Control and Customizability

Phonak Lyric lacks manual control over settings, which can be limiting for some users. On the other hand, traditional hearing aids offer extensive customizability, allowing users to adjust settings according to their specific needs. This feature compensates for the limitations in control that Lyric presents.

Cost and Payment Model

Phonak Lyric operates on a subscription model. Traditional hearing aids, however, usually involve a one-time purchase. 

Level of Hearing Loss

Traditional hearing aids are suitable for individuals with varying degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound. The Phonak Lyric is only suitable for those with mild to moderate hearing loss. 

Visibility and Discretion

Traditional hearing aids are generally visible, which may deter users who seek discretion. In contrast, Phonak Lyric is 100% invisible, providing a discreet alternative for those who are concerned about the visibility of traditional models.

Maintenance and Usability

Traditional hearing aids require regular cleaning and battery changes, adding to the daily hassle of maintenance. Phonak Lyric mitigates this issue by requiring no daily cleaning or battery changes, offering a low-maintenance alternative.

Continuous Use and Versatility

Traditional hearing aids are limited to waking hours and cannot be worn in water, restricting their continuous use. Phonak Lyric, however, can be worn 24/7, even during sleep and showering, offering greater versatility in usage.

Before making a decision, you should consult with a hearing healthcare professional. They can help you understand your hearing needs better and guide you towards the most suitable hearing aid for you. 

Lyric FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions about Phonak Lyric and traditional hearing aids.

Can I wear Phonak Lyric while showering?

Yes, Phonak Lyric is designed to be worn 24/7, which includes while showering. However, it's not recommended to wear it while swimming or in other situations where it may be submerged in water.

How long do Phonak Lyric hearing aids last?

Phonak Lyric hearing aids can last for weeks or even months at a time, depending on individual ear conditions. When the battery runs out, the device is replaced with a new one by a hearing professional.

Do traditional hearing aids require regular battery changes?

Yes, most traditional hearing aids require regular battery changes, typically every one to two weeks. Some modern hearing aids use rechargeable batteries, eliminating the need for frequent battery changes.

Can traditional hearing aids be worn while sleeping?

Generally, it's not recommended to wear traditional hearing aids while sleeping. Wearing hearing aids in bed can lead to discomfort and potential damage to the device. However, certain situations may warrant wearing hearing aids at night, such as when you need to hear alarms or other important sounds.

Lyric in Sarasota and Bradenton

Always remember that your hearing health matters. Whether you choose Phonak Lyric or a traditional hearing aid, the important thing is to address your hearing loss and improve your quality of life. 

If you are based in Sarasota or Bradenton, The Hearing Spa, an audiology clinic offering a wide range of hearing aids including Phonak Lyric, can be your trusted companion in your journey towards better hearing. 

Reach out and take the first step toward better hearing today!

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Dr. Victoria L. Moore
Lead Audiologist
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Dr. Victoria Moore (Vicky) serves as President as well as Lead Audiologist at The Hearing Spa. She moved to the USA from England in 1991 and has been serving the communities of Sarasota and Bradenton for over 20 years. Her independent audiology practice focuses on adult hearing loss, tinnitus management, as well as Cochlear Implant services.


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