Putting the Cool in Digital Hearing Aid Design

Posted on March 15, 2012 by Patrick Freuler | 6 Comments

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsFashion 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.

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsThe Hummingbird, a Fancy Digital Hearing Aid

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsThe Plug, a Funky Digital Hearing Aid

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.

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsThe SoundsGood Hear-ring, a Snazzy Digital Hearing Aid

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!

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsThe WireEar, a Smooth Digital Hearing Aid

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.

 

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsBabelfisk, A Digital Hearing Aid with Insight

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.

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsHearRings, a Stylish Digital Hearing Aid

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.

 

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsSiemens Vibe, the Digital Hearing Aid for the Hip

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.

 

 

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Tribal Solar Powered Digital Hearing Aids

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.

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsThe Decibel, a Digital Hearing Aid by Priestman Goode

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.

 

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsIDEO Microphone/Hearing Aid

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.

audicus-digital-hearing-aidsGoldfish Digital Hearing Aids - by Human Beans

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.


audicus-digital-hearing-aidsThe Universal Hear-ring, a Cool Digital Hearing Aid

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.

Source: http://www.pearsonlloyd.com/

 

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!

 

Sources: Audicus Hearing Aids, Victoria & Albert Museum, BBC

Posted in Affordable Hearing Aids, Audicus, Digital Hearing Aids, Hearing Appreciation, Hearing Industry, Hearing Technology


6 Responses

Paloma
Paloma

November 12, 2013

My 9 year old daughter has a blog where she teaches other children how to decorate their hearing aids cheaply and imaginatively. The blog is called zizisears.blogspot.co.uk There are lots of ideas for grown ups there as well, and detailed tutorials explaining how to turn jewellery into hearing aid decorations, and how to make decorations using simple materials such as Fimo, beads, and glitter.

Barbara Klar
Barbara Klar

May 11, 2013

Thankyou for this, these designs are inspiring. I am wondering how to find someone who specializes in creating the mechanics of a hearing aid as I have a pretty incredible idea….any advice?

Chris Gardiner
Chris Gardiner

April 09, 2013

I am a fan of Star Trek and I would love a hearing aid that looks like Seven of Nines Implant. A Borg design. I love your designs. I was recently advised that I have to get two hearing aids fitted and I was really depressed because the designs used by the health service where I live in Ireland are really clumsy and cumbersome. I am not looking forward to the fitting in two weeks time but seeing your designs has restored my hope that I can have a hearing aid and still look cool.

Kate
Kate

March 26, 2012

Wow, such cool designs! It is exciting to see people paying attention to design for hearing aids, so that wearers can be proud to wear their devices – much the same as with designer glasses. Can you post a selection of hearing aid related accessories and interesting hearing aids for kids?

admin
admin

March 27, 2012

Hi Kate; many thanks for your comments! One great site to visit is (e’s blog Eh? What? Huh?. In one of the sections she’s posting cool hearing aids designs decorated by/for kids:
http://deckedouthearingaidsandcis.blogspot.com/

Cheers!

Atlanta hearing aids
Atlanta hearing aids

March 16, 2012

Yeah, these hearing aids will improve the ability of brain to process speech. You can properly hear your good one’s voice and background noise like crowd.

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