This slick looking device is the world's first modular hearing aid
The world's first modular hearing aid is here, and it could change the game for people with total or partial hearing loss.
Melbourne-based hearing aid designers Blamey Saunders won Australia's prestigious Good Design Award of the Year and the CSIRO Design Innovation Award for their groundbreaking device, dubbed Facett, at a glitzy ceremony at Sydney Opera House on Thursday.
So, what makes this hearing aid different to other models? The device works with a core, linked to an app, and is powered by a rechargeable module, which magnetically clicks into place — for anyone who's tried to change a hearing aid battery in the dark, or had to have someone else change it for them, this is pretty neat.
The Facett lets you store one of two pairs of modules in a small portable drying and charging pod, which you can plug in when you go to bed, and it'll charge overnight for a day's listening.
As everyone's hearing is different, the device settings are adjustable through a system called IHearYou, via smartphone, tablet or Windows app. The device also boasts high resolution sound, filtered through 96 output channels, and technology that isolates speech and reduces background noise.
|This slick looking device is the world's first modular hearing aid