3D had been useful in different fields and utilized for various purposes. It has find its use in the engineering world among others. It is good news to also learn that this modern technology which found its way into the medial world sometimes ago has now also be introduced into the hearing aid industry. For the past few years, 3D printed medical technology are growing in a skyrocketing speed providing solutions to challenges that had initially been taught to be without solution and also improving the success rate of a vast number of surgeries.
Absorblight is the most unusual medical tool that has been common for a long time. It was developed by Antwerp, and the designer was Bruno Vereecke based in Belgium. For those who will be using this lamp, expect that it is just meant to help people with bad eyesight. On the other hand, it is also useful in helping the partially deaf as well as the hard-of-hearing people, hence, a 3D printed hearing aid.
This amazing design is aimed at encouraging 3D printed solutions for ecologically-responsible production. According to Vereecke, an engineer-architect working for Vector Architect in Antwerp, he became motivated to work on this amazing project as he explains that he has a personal reason attached to this. According to him, ‘My wife and little son are both hard of hearing, and I constantly see how that impacts our daily lives. I wanted to design a machine that would enable them to hear better and more,’.
He proceeded in saying ‘I finally chose to design a special lamp, the Absorblight, that could hang over dinner tables. Why a lamp? Light is important for people with bad hearing. It enables them to properly see the facial features and the position of the mouth.’ He also added, ‘And you can hang it on the most important place in your home, the dinner table.’
Aside from being useful with the feature that allows it to light up your facial features, this 3D printed lamp can also serve the following purpose:
- According to Vereecke, the upper part is uniquely designed to help in the reduction of ambient noise as well as other sounds from various directions. He said ‘The top side absorbs the environmental noise, that makes it difficult for people to distinguish sounds.’
- The lamp has undergone various forms of testing especially in noisy environments and people who suffers from hearing difficulties reported that there’s a 15% increase in what they can hear as well as understand.
- The designer of this amazing material explains that ‘A lot was asked from the entries in a very brief period. But at the same time, that was even a luxury: I didn’t have much time to think. So I could just go with my gut instinct,’ the architect says of his victory. While usually designing new setups using existing objects and demands, this also introduced him to a completely new approach. ‘I could let the concept grow in all its facets without limits. From a small seed to a complex story’.
With this latest development, patients suffering from hearing disorder now has more reasons to be joyful, because they will now have a material featuring a more beautiful design which is even more effective than the initial hearing aid known to them.