At my audiologist's office, in his small "store" of hearing aid-related accessories and gadgets, he's set up a constant movie playing extoling the virtues of Lyric hearing aids. The "extended-wear" aids sit only 4 millimeters from the wearer's eardrum and are replaced as the battery dies, after about 120 days. You pay a yearly subscription fee for the devices.
Anyway, there's an article on MSNBC today about how Lyric is developing a waterproof hearing aid. I'll admit my first thought was: What? They don't do that already? How do they expect people with Lyric aids to shower? But I figure the aid must already be pretty tough on moisture to handle being so far in the ear, with sweat and gunk accumulating around it, and I am sure they do not want wearers to go three months between showers. MSNBC says they are doing "stronger" coatings so that wearers could swim three times a week.
I love swimming, or just relaxing in the pool, but one of the frustrating things is that I can't hear what's going on. I can't follow a conversation, unless the other person is speaking directly to me, nor am I aware of any dangers or if people are trying to get my attention. So a swim-proof aid would be pretty cool, though I know I would be initially reluctant to get in. I won't be using Lyric for the purpose, but maybe it being available will help other manufacturers become aware of how cool swim-proof aids in general would be.