Fashion meets… hearing aids and high tech. Hearing aid design has come a very long way: with sleek new looks and spiffy new features, high-design hearing aids may be the next step. Here are our reviews for the top 12 coolest digital hearing aid designs that currently being conceived by various design studios. Who knows, we might not be that far away from hearing aids becoming the next fashion accessory.
This is a hearing aid from the do it yourself camp; this design brings you closer to nature by turning your hearing aid into a colorful hummingbird. Maybe more for the eccentrics out there.
This hearing aid plus piercing combination is for the hardcore and hard of hearing. The PLUG looks like a large, popular piercing called a gauge, which comes in a variety of color combinations, which means you can easily personalize it to your aesthetic. Nonetheless, the punk rocker look likely only appeals to a very small crowd.
Designed for the modern woman in mind, this hearing aid earring is straight out of a science fiction film. This SoundsGood hearing aid was designed by a design student who had visuals in mind. The earring is made up of a mini music visualizer--this means it takes the sound waves entering your hearing aid and generates a dynamic graphic. So you can see the sound waves while you hear them, all while wearing a stylish accessory. This is a beautifully articulated design, although it may be hard to match with an outfit. Of course, while the hearing aid earring was first designed for women, stylish men can wear it too!
Wireear is a smooth design with functionality in mind. The smart shape situates the microphone right to the front of the ear, and the speaker ends up right inside the ear canal. By positioning these essential hearing aid elements just right, the creators hope to cut down on common hearing aid problems, including echoes and poor sound quality. On the visual end, this hearing aid looks like a bracelet around your ear. On top of an improved assistive listening device, you have an awesome accessory.
Subtitle your life in style. A design concept entitled Babelfisk, these eyeglasses use speech-recognition software to transcribe the spoken word. So when someone speaks, the glasses use tiny projectors to spell out their words, right before your very eyes. The glasses have a nifty retro look, combining vintage appeal with modern materials. This design seems incredibly exciting for the extremely hard-of-hearing, although it may be a bit unwieldy. Users will also have to stay fairly sensitive to possible misunderstandings, as speech recognition software is far from perfect.
Designed by a partially deaf audiologist for her own hearing aids, Hearrings turn assistive devices into accessories. The earrings are made with Swarovski crystals and come in a variety of colors to match different outfits. While the hearts add a whimsical touch and the bling adds a sparkle to your ear, these designs will likely appeal to very few men.
The Vibe is Siemens’ addition to the hip hearing aid arena. With its racy leopard design it sits in the crest of the ear. It is subtle and leaves the ear canal unblocked. Similar to the Pulse, it looks like the user has adopted a trendy new style of ear piercing.
This solar-powered device was designed by Andrew Carr, a mechanical engineer in Cambridge, who noticed most hearing aids donated to Africa don't help because they treat a different type of hearing loss more prevalent in the West. The hearing aid Carr developed must be held close to the ear to work, but doesn't have to be worn inside. Carr's device has an internal solar-powered battery and can be looped into a necklace or attached to a hat so it's next to the person's ear. As such it blends in better with local tribal cultures than the light pink hearing aids seen in the West.
Shown at Albert and Victoria Museum’s “Hearwear” exhibit in London, the Decibel (designed by Priestman Goode) protects the user's ears in noisy environments while allowing certain sounds to get through - for example, a mobile phone, laptop or MP3 player.
IDEO came up with the idea of linking a microphone to a conductive strip running around the edge of a table in a bar. Customers then buy inexpensive ear pieces from the bar (pictured) so that they can converse in comfort. That should definitely take care losing your voice after an evening of screaming across the table.
Based on the notion that goldfish have a ten second memory, this ear piece - created by Human Beans - constantly records ten seconds of sound. To activate the replay the wearer just waves their hand past their ear.
The Universal Hear-ring by Pearson Lloyd is a basic core which can house a variety of hardware - handsfree mobile headset, wireless MP3 headphones or digital hearing aids. The user can customise it by adding separate outer rings to suit mood, style or occasion.
Keep in mind that the future is not here… yet. So before Audicus Hearing Aids can start offering you similar nifty hearing aid designs, check out our existing hearing product portfolio!