New Concepts: Hearing Aid Body Jewelry

bodysparkleMar 30, '10

Walyou broke the news earlier this month about an exciting new development in the body jewelry industry:

Tired of the same old, boring hearing aid? Over-ear pieces getting in the way of your glasses or sense of style? Design Affairs has come up with a hearing aid molded to look like the ear tunnels that are growing in popularity again.

The design also promises to work better than a regular hearing aid since its placement on the ear provides optimal horizontal positioning for the microphone. The Deafinite Style hearing aid is designed for individuals with a medium level of hearing loss; for those with a severe loss, a “plug” can be added to increase power and amplification.

Today, tunnels and plugs are considered to be a statement of self expression, though the piercings have held different significances throughout history. The size of the tunnels are not mentioned, however they look to be quite large, so even those who already have tunnels or plugs may need to do some stretching in order to wear the hearing aid version.

The microphone, usually placed in an in-ear mold or looped around the back of the ear, is instead placed inside a piece of body jewelry. A small, clear receiver is placed inside the ear, similar to the one found in a standard hearing aid.

What do you think, BodySparklers? This product isn’t available yet — do you think there’s a market if it’s launched? Would you wear a hearing aid modeled as a gauged plug? Tell us in the comments!

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