Tins is also amazed by Lyric’s technical capabilities: “I find it fascinating how they can pack so much technology into such a tiny device!” The biology graduate is no slouch in technical matters himself: right after graduating, he decided against staying at university and traveled out into the world to capture the wonders of Nature with a camera, and technical chops were essential: “We were often shooting miles off-piste, and if you are going to be stuck out in the middle of the jungle for six or seven weeks, you have to know how to fix things yourself.”
I find it fascinating how they can pack so much technology into such a tiny device!
There’s a chance Tins might have to dismantle a lens and rebuild it on his next trip as well, but he certainly won’t be called upon to take a screwdriver to his hearing aid. The 69-year-old is planning an expedition to the Maroni River, which marks the border of French Guiana; he filmed thousands of leatherback turtles laying their eggs on the shore several years ago, and he now wishes to return to see if the escalating environmental destruction there has at least spared these, the largest species of turtle on Earth (they can weigh up to 1800 lb). Once again, he’s going to be spending weeks on end traveling through the wilderness – and he’d be lost without his Lyric.
The documentary film-maker is now wearing the third generation of Lyric, which Sonova introduced in 2014. Its energy-saving chip, simplified programming, and improved water-resistance enable Tins to live a life without limitations. Diving is the only thing Lyric can’t be used for (yet), but Wolfgang Tins says he can hear the love songs of the humpbacks in the Caribbean anyway.
Phonak Lyric: you don’t have to see good hearing
Lyric has been unique from the very start: the world’s only 100% invisible hearing aid can easily be worn 24/7 for months at a time*. Whether at work, at the gym, in the shower, or at night – Lyric can cope with everything you throw at it and provides excellent, natural sound, all without the hassles usually associated with a hearing aid, like cleaning it or changing the battery. It’s a winning proposition: 93% of Lyric-wearers would recommend the device to a friend or relative***. This makes Lyric the ideal solution for people with mild to moderate hearing loss who are looking for a discreet and uncomplicated solution.
* Individual replacement needs may vary. Duration of device battery life varies by patient and is subject to individual ear conditions.
** Lyric is water resistant, not waterproof, and should not be completely submerged underwater.
*** Based on a telephone poll of 100 Lyric users who had been wearing the device for at least 30 days.