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Sonus Complete

by Jerome Princy (2020-01-10)

The difference is that Sonus Complete Review Lyric doesn't use a typical hearing aid battery, and there are no batteries for the wearer to change. It has a built-in power source that cannot be replaced. When the battery dies - the device is no longer usable. So instead of changing a battery every week or so, the whole device is changed every couple months. "Lyric is an analog hearing aid." - ABSOLUTELY TRUE - While most modern hearing aids use digital circuitry, Lyric uses an analog amplification circuit. Digital technology consumes more power than analog. It would take a gigantic battery to power a digital hearing aid circuit for as long as 3-4 months, Lyric needs to be small to actually fit into the ear canal, so there's not room for a gigantic battery - hence the analog circuit. "Lyric is old/inferior technology." - FALSE - This claim is often made by audiologists and hearing aid dispensers who don't have access to Lyric. They hear the term "analog" and equate it to hearing aids from the 1970s. It doesn't work that way. Many digital features used in modern hearing devices are required to compensate for the unnatural placement of a hearing aid. With Lyric being placed 4mm from the eardrum, the natural acoustics and resonance of the ear are maintained, allowing it to compete with and often out-perform top-of-the-line digital hearing aids. "Lyric's subscription model is a product of corporate greed." - FALSE - Some critics, mostly outside the hearing industry, look at Lyric's subscription model as a blatant attempt to acquire more money. While the intent of any business is to make money, I present that the subscription model is the only practical method of purchase in this case. Lyric actually offers a non-subscription/per-device payment option. If you want to pay $300-$400 for a single device, you can. But you're not going to be happy if that device dies in three weeks instead of three months. The subscription model eliminates the financial frustration associated with premature device failure.