Cool hearing aid designs

11 04 2008

I didn’t know Bernafon make hearing aids, and how cool are these?!


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For mild to severe ski-slope hearing loss. The SwissEar reminds me of a Swiss penknife. VERY trendy!

For mild/moderate hearing loss. When developing the Brite hearing aid system, the designers placed emphasis on a redefinition of how hearing aids are perceived in the general public. Thanks to modern styling and colouring, hearing aids can turn into fashionable companions, just as visual aids have already done. The functionality of this hearing aid system is supported by numerous options with respect to colours and surfaces so that the device can be adapted to different user preferences.

For mild to moderate, high frequency hearing loss. The Audéo Personal Communication Assistant from Phonak enhances clarity of speech in loud and noisy surroundings. Two microphones are located in the upper part of the housing, positioned in a horizontal plane next to the ear. A Fidelity Sound Port speaker generates sound in front of the eardrum and produces a clear acoustic signal without closing off the auditory canal. The Audéo is available in modern contemporary colours, which can be exchanged, according to the user’s wishes.

For mild to severe hearing loss. The Hansaton Free Soundmanager offers a new alternative to conventional hearing aid systems. With its innovative design and a small corpus (25 x 8 x 6.6mm), the system differs from existing hearing aids. The system is invisibly placed behind the ear, comfortable and easy in operation. The acoustic link to the ear is solved in a cosmetically inconspicuous way as well. Hansaton Free is also available in different colour versions. With its unique design, the hearing system turns into a lifestyle product, no longer perceived as a burden, but worn with pleasure.

For mild or high frequency hearing loss. The ReSoundAir an elegant appearance, is hardly visible and is understood as a fashionable accessory – just like a mobile phone fitting, a headset or an MP3 player. The ReSoundAir is suitable for young people with hearing problems. It is for people with minor or medium hearing impairments. The design does away with traditional ear fitting elements, without causing annoying feedback even at high amplification – the auditory canal is not blocked. A thin tube leads the amplified signals into the auditory canal, thus avoiding any occlusion effects, which would make the wearers own voice or chewing noises sound as if they had stuck their fingers in their ears whilst speaking or chewing.

At last, decent designs are starting to appear on the market. When are they going to start integrating hearing systems with phones and iPods?

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10 responses

11 04 2008
Smarty

Can’t imagine the NHS purchasing any of these trendy designs! Are any of these aids high-powered (i.e. suitable for people who are profoundly deaf)?

Quite like the look of the Hansaton ones but the bright green Phonak would probably be too much! Don’t think they would help people realise I was deaf – instead they’d think I was wearing some fancy ipod piece!

11 04 2008
lette

Oooooh funky 🙂 iv always wanted blue or purple ones 🙂 love the headphone looking style ones 🙂 they are deadly lookin! they have designer glasses why not designer aids? 🙂

11 04 2008
CD

I’m getting Phonak’s new Naida hearing aid on the 25th, and it’s Zebra style. White hearing aid with black stripes on it, which I think is pretty neat.

Some of those hearing aid designs there you posted, whoa.. weirdness.

11 04 2008
funnyoldlife

Smarty – they only cater for those hearing losses up to severe – I’ve added in this information for each aid. We never get a look-in, do we?! They all seem to come in different colours. I think we’re starting to see a revolution in hearing aid design. If most hearing aids become available in daringly different colours and designs, it may become more trendy to have one and therefore more acceptable to be deaf – my fingers are crossed!

Lette – totally agree with you there!

CD – Do let us know how you get on with the Naida & hope to see a photo of your funky aid!

12 04 2008
macian

lol he second one looks like a whistle and the 3rd an easter island statue, not for me I don’t think

13 04 2008
Roads

I found my way across from Just Smudge to this site, and I’m very glad I did. I’m a hearing person myself and I’ve learned a lot from reading here. Your post on telephony solutions was intriguing and the one on new deaf parents was very interesting following the recent debates.

I was a single parent for a number of years myself and that was hard enough. The thought of how hearing impairment would have complicated so many aspects of living with small children is one that fills me with sheer admiration for those who do.

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13 04 2008
funnyoldlife

Welcome, Roads! This site is aimed at educating hearing people as well as deaf, as I find that co-operation between the deaf and hearing is most helpful in aiding communication, which is often more helpful than buying all the gadgets out there. And children are great levellers, aren’t they? 🙂

7 11 2008
Olivia

When are they going to start integrating hearing systems with phones and iPods?

I can answer that question – RIGHT NOW – Already!!! There are already ALD’s out right now that you can utilize with hearing aids to work with either iphone or ipods! If you have a manual T-Coil Switch in your hearing aid you can utilize the neck loop technology which is out and has been for some time. A good place to start to look http://www.ccisolutions.com/StoreFront/WLS-NKL001.prod

7 11 2008
funnyoldlife

Hi Olivia

We do have these in the UK. Cool, aren’t they?

http://www.connevans.co.uk/store/viewProduct.do?id=3142

27 03 2012
Audicus (@audicushearing)

These are definitely cool hearing aid models… these designs are even more on the futuristic side:

http://www.audicus.com/blog/2012/cool-hearing-aid-design/

congrats on your awesome blog!

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