July 25, 2005

Hearwear - designer hearing aids

The UK's largest charity for deaf people and a design magazine are launching an exhibition of futuristic hearing aids to make them more popular, reports the BBC.

"The show, called Hearwear, opens at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this week.

A variety of designs will be on display, ranging from stylish devices to enhance hearing to products that can be used by anyone to control sound.

Below, 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 .

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And here, "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.

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