Innovation

Lyric Hearing Aid Works Overtime


Innovator: Jacob Johnson
Age: 43
Medical director of Lyric Hearing in San Francisco, a subsidiary of Zurich-based Sonova Holding

Form and function: Lyric is a tiny analog hearing aid that sits one-sixth of an inch above the eardrum. Implanting the Lyric does not require surgery or anesthesia. It has a much longer battery life than traditional hearing aids and can be left in overnight.

Lanks is the design editor of Businessweek.com.

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