8 October 2018
Facett Leah Heiss for Blamey Saunders hears Photo: Matt Harvey
Facett is the world’s first modular user-programmable hearing aid. It was designed by Leah Heiss for Blamey Saunders hears, an Australian company reducing barriers to hearing aid uptake through innovative design. Facett functions differently from traditional hearing aids. The device’s intuitive magnetised modules bypass the need for tiny disposable batteries, an ongoing frustration for people with reduced vision and dexterity.
To distinguish Facett from traditional hearing aids, Heiss drew inspiration from the mineralogy collection at Museums Victoria in Melbourne. Facett’s crystalline form seeks to shift the hearing aid away from an association with infirmity and old age, enabling a shift from ‘disability’ to ‘desirability’.