One in five Australian adults with hearing loss risks secondary complications by not using hearing aids. Barriers include technically complicated and unattractive devices and associations with old age.
Facett shifts perceptions of hearing aids from disability to desirability and is easy to use.
Trial participants with low dexterity were able to change Facett’s modular batteries without assistance. Dr Elisabeth Banks commented, “I thought I’d never be able to replace batteries myself.”
Facett’s elegant form, inspired by crystals in Melbourne Museum, fosters an emotional connection, destigmatising hearing aids and lowering resistance for new users. Trial participants reported feeling “deaf pride”.