(Hearing trumpet made in London, images from London Science Museum Archives, Wellcome Trust) While reading Grame Gooday's book "Managing the Experience of Hearing Loss in Britain, 1830–1930" I discovered, what I think, may be the manufacturer of a hearing device or 'aurical' that I viewed in the National Museum of Scotlands Archives. (Authors … Continue reading The devil’s in the details.
For my first day back in the workshop since becoming a PhD-er, I wanted to begin with some material exploration. Materiality is incredibly important when exploring wearables, especially wearables with stigma attached to them, like hearing aids. Can the materials and metaphors used change a wearers decision to pass, cover or (un)cover their hearing aids? … Continue reading getting back into the workshop.
I realise this title had the potential to be mildly witty if I intended to write an in depth cultural analysis of the hearing aid. However this time I'm literally taking them apart and looking at their insides. I wanted to do this for a number of reasons. Mainly curiosity and I believe that seeing the … Continue reading dissecting the hearing aid.
To describe something as ‘supernormal’ is in itself a paradox. How can an object be considered both super and normal, extra yet ordinary? This adjective was coined by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison in an attempt to describe objects that pass “the test of the everyday.” Fukasawa and Morrison presented an exhibition celebrating 210 … Continue reading super normal design.
We’re all familiar with what a hearing aid is: A small wearable device that helps people to hear. Hearing aids are objects that we see frequently, so frequently in fact that we perhaps don’t notice their presence in the world. Maybe they are worn by someone we sit behind on a bus, a friend we … Continue reading form follows function.