Needless to say, I picked pink — my trademark colour — and I’m never shy of showing them off around me. I discovered more recently that many people go a step further with their hearing aids and implants, decorating them with stickers and gems, nail foils, shoe charms, you name it. The results are fantastic! Vincent regularly shows off his favourites on the Phonak Facebook page. Here are some of those I particularly like.
This trend reminds me of something I heard Helga (Hack & Hear blog) say in her 28c3 conference talk: the industry tendency is to try and make hearing aids as invisible as possible, whereas she — like others — would prefer them more visible, so that people immediately notice that she is a hearing aid user.
Helga also mentioned that there is very little hacking being done on hearing aids, because they are expensive, we need them, and opening them up voids warranties. ¨ As I see it, however, people who pimp their aids and implants are actually a variety of hackers — appearance, design, and style hackers.
Pretty cool and inspiring. Can’t get enough? Lipreading Mom has a super collection on her “Show Me Your Ears” page.