Hearwear – Design concepts for hearing aids.

We unfortunately missed this exhibition of RNID, UK’s charity for deaf people and design magazine Blueprint  at Victoria & Albert Museum. Some of the futuristic hearing aids, that were shown at the exhibition called Hearwear, are still shown here. 


The concept products on display include Goldfish, based on the idea that goldfish only have 10 seconds of memory. The device instantly replays the previous 10 seconds of sound to the wearer in case they have failed to catch someone’s name.

Also shown:
Hearing aids designed as jewellery or must-have gadgets, and:
hearwear1_tangerine This device – by Tangerine – allows the user to define their field of hearing – close range in a noisy bar or zoom when listening for something in the distance.
hearwear2_priestman_goode Designed by Priestman Goode, the Decibel protects the user’s ears in noisy environments while allowing certain sounds to get through – for example, a mobile phone, laptop or MP3 player.
hearwear3_ideo 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 so that they can converse in comfort.
hearwear4_surroundsound The Surround Sound – created by the Industrial Facility – hijacks the popularity of glasses and incorporates hearing technology into the arms. The wearer will only hear sounds from their direction of view.
hearwear5_soundspace The thinking behind the Soundspace – designed by The Alloy – is to remove the need for a ear mould. It uses a unique mechanism to fit the product inside the ear. It incorporates sound amplification and connectivity to other devices.
hearwear7_enhanc The Enhance looks forward to a time when hearing aids will be sold over the counter in a variety of strengths of amplification. Kinneir Dufort wanted to come up with an affordable solution – the hearing equivalent of reading glasses.

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.

At at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 2006.
RNID image library. BBC pictures.

Via textually < BBC News.

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