The author of that article asked her readers about their hearing aids on her blog. There are a lot of insightful comments from hearing impaired people and those involved with the hearing health industry.
I’ve been interested in a new hearing aid concept through Insound Medical, called the Lyric. [I've written about them already] The hearing aid fits all the way inside the ear, 1/16th of an inch from the ear drum. This means the device is invisible but it also means the sound doesn’t have to be amplified as much. Theoretically, the sound should be more natural and less distorted. Its supposed to be quite comfortable with its soft and spongy exterior. The spongy material helps dispel moisture that would otherwise be trapped. You can keep the hearing aid in your ear when your sleeping, showering, or doing just about anything but constant swimming. The device provides pure analog sound as supposed to the now ubiquitous digitally processed sound. Analog sound might prove to have its advantages over digital when it comes to hearing aids. The 500 people or so who currently wear the device swear by it.
Cost? You wear the hearing aid up until the battery runs out – which can end up going about 120 days but that varies based on environmental factors and your hearing loss. They charge an annual subscription fee of $2,900 to $3,600 (less if the hearing loss is in one ear). That would add up to a little more than the $6,000 or so I would pay for BTE hearing aids that last me 3 or 4 years. It would be worth it if they prove themselves to be better than my BTE options. Check out this New York Times article on the Lyric.
I’ll be trying the Lyric out myself in the next couple months and I’ll let you know what I think. It probably won’t be a good long term fit for me because I’m in the water almost every single day surfing (and I won’t stop doing so). But I’m very curious- I might as well try something on a 30 day trial or your money back that many State Laws provide.
Their website for consumers has well made videos but they need to freaking add some captions to them if their consumers are hearing impaired.