El-Egance-A Stylish Hearing Aid, Featuring Great Functionality

‘el’ is a hearing device concept that has been designed aiming to transform hearing aids into an elegant accessory. The concept comprises three main parts. First is the hearing device that can be worn in each ear to ensure clear sound for hearing impaired people by amplifying and adjusting sounds. Second is the two ring control unit, designed to be worn on each index finger that features a manual volume controller to adjust the volume of the hearing device. Inside the ring, a radio frequency receiver has been placed that remains hidden by the external piece. Finally, the display case, where the first two elements are placed that acts as a charging station for them. The entire design ensures stunning aesthetic appeal for users, while providing loud, clear and distinct sound for hearing impaired people.

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Designer : Ryan Kirkpatrick

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Elizabeth says: February 28, 2010

Interesting idea. Would this apply to everyone with a hearing loss? There are various degrees of hearing loss. I wonder if this would apply to those who are severely-profoundly deaf. Personally, I think I would rather wear my own personal jewelery (sometimes I may want diamonds or gold). Nevertheless, it is a really cool idea and I like that they are coming up with such neat designs.

    Ryan says: March 12, 2010

    Hi Rebecca. Thanks for the feedback.

    To answer your questions; No, the design is not suitable for everyone with hearing loss. It is only suited for people with conductive hearing loss, as opposed to those with sensorineural hearing loss – these people may benefit from a cochlear implant or bone anchored instrument. The design is suitable for those with minor to severe impairment as the digital settings can be adjusted accordingly.

    As for wanting to wear diamonds or gold, the design can be manufactured in any precious material. The pictures above are of the design cast in argentium sterling silver – for its tarnish resistant qualities. However each of the pieces can be cast in gold, bronze, platinum or a variety of other materials. The brushed inner pieces of the ear devices may also be customised with diamonds or other precious stones to suit the desires of its user.

    I hope that clears anything up, and thanks again for your feedback.

      Lucy says: March 24, 2010

      Hi Ryan -

      This is beautiful! Where can you buy it and how much does it cost?

      Lucy

      SMK says: February 11, 2011

      Wow – ONLY a conductive hearing loss? That hardly makes sense. Are you an audiologist Ryan, or have any training in the hearing industry?

      First of all, there are very few conductive hearing losses that cannot be treated medically.
      Secondly, most hearing aid users have a sensorineural hearing loss, and most of them are NOT candidates for cochlear implants or bone anchored devices.

      YOU need to do more a little more homework before you start designing and marketing hearing aids to people.

        Ryan Kirkpatrick says: January 13, 2012

        Thanks for your feedback. The design has the same range of useability as existing Behind the Ear, In the Ear and In the Canal products (and you are correct, they can be used for both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss). The difference is that I attempted to position the hearing aid as a feature, rather than a device that needs to be concealed. This means that the problems inherent with concealment, such as compromised sound quality and usability, can be overcome.
        I am not an audiologist and I have no official qualifications in that field. However, I did conduct extensive research in the process of designing this product, including consulting with audiologists and engineers.

mrsz_twerk says: March 29, 2010

How long will the batteries last on one charge? Will they make you look younger?lol

    Ryan Kirkpatrick says: January 13, 2012

    Some preliminary research showed that the design would last approximately 17 hours on full use and up to 50 hours when in standby mode. Oh and I'll send it straight to the lab for youth generation testing.

baltalt says: December 20, 2010

beautiful indeed. The same question as above-where can I buy it?

    Ryan Kirkpatrick says: January 13, 2012

    Hi Lucy and Baltalt. Unfortunately the design is not in production yet.

Oleg says: February 17, 2011

I want that

Ryan Kirkpatrick says: January 13, 2012

Thanks again for the feedback and interest. If there are any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at ryan.kirkpatrick@mail.com







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