April - May 2022 (3 weeks)
Solo project for Computer-Aided Design class.
This project addressed a problem I’ve experienced firsthand: wearing hearing aids with glasses can be very uncomfortable. Both products use the space behind the ear for stability but aren’t designed for a user wearing both. Yet, an estimated 8.2% of the population has both hearing and vision impairment.
STAGE 1: DESIGN
I drew from existing hearing aid designs to create a hearing aid that ergonomically accommodates glasses frames.
Below are some renderings of my hearing aid design.
STAGE 2: ANIMATION
Since the branding for hearing aids is typically very bland, I wanted to apply branding techniques for cutting-edge consumer products like iPhones to my hearing aid.
Designing an ergonomic product that fits the required electronic and mechanical components is a challenge. My ergonomic design inevitably reduces the internal volume. If I had more time on this project, I would model how the electromechanical components fit inside the hearing aid.