Bling hearing aid

5 09 2007

The most expensive hearing aid in the world has been created by a London firm called PC Werth. It’s made of 24 carat gold and encrusted with 220 diamonds. It will blow a hole in your pocket til kingdom come. How much moolah are we talking about? A cool £25,000. BUT! You don’t just get gold n diamonds, blingy as they may be. You also get state of the art digital hearing aid technology. Hearing aids in the private sector are far superior to those provided by the NHS and handed out free of charge to the masses. The bling aid comes with a remote control enabling the user to maximise performance in various situations.

Is this the beginning of designers trying to make hearing aids fashionable, by appealing to the moneyed trend setters? I can see ageing rockers wearing this but not Joe Bloggs. PC Werth’s rationale is that people are proud to wear digital hearing aids, they are becoming more socially acceptable, and are even being worn as jewellery. (Huh?!) The age profile of wearers is getting younger – hellooooo iPod generation, welcome to our world!

Well, does this one get the thumbs up or the thumbs down?

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4 responses

6 09 2007
Diane

Leona Helmsley would have worn this but she is gone. I am sure she was hard of hearing due to her old age.

6 09 2007
Fintan

For that amount of money I would expect the remote control have some sort of mobile,tv,sms facility.

Wonder who will be the deaf fool whoes money easily parted 🙂

7 09 2007
Ian

Yes it’s gross, but if it leads to people being more upfront about being deaf and needing hearing aids then it can only be a good thing.

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