Candidacy for LYRIC®
Our audiologists at our HES Amherst location are certified Lyric Providers. There are three main areas that they asses in order to determine if a patient is a good candidate for LYRIC®. They are: the hearing loss, the ear anatomy, and lifestyle.
LYRIC® is a great option for a person with a mild, high pitch hearing loss. It is not ideal for more severe hearing losses as the small device is not capable of high power output. Following a thorough hearing evaluation, we can determine if your hearing loss qualifies you as a candidate for LYRIC®.
The size and shape of your ear(s) will determine if you are a candidate anatomically. We take precise measurements of the depth and diameter of the ear canal to ensure your ear is physically able to accept the device(s). We also look for the ear to be healthy and free of any inflammation, tenderness, or abrasions.
Your lifestyle can also play a role in your candidacy for LYRIC®. The LYRIC® device is able to be worn while sleeping and showering. Some contraindications to the use of LYRIC® include: underwater swimming, scuba diving, and skydiving. We will take a detailed history as other medical conditions may also disqualify a person from wearing LYRIC®.
Other LYRIC® candidacy criteria include, but are not limited to:
- Non-medically managed diabetes
- Chemotherapy within the last 6 months
- Prescription use of blood thinners
- Compromised immune system
- Chronic ear pain
- Impaired cognitive ability
- Radiation to the head or neck
- Hole in the eardrum or use of PE tube
- Chronic or acute drainage from ear(s)
- Malformations of the ear
- Dermatitis or thin, dry skin
- Narrow or abnormally short ear canals