The overall winner of the 2018 Good Design Awards, was Blamey Saunders’ Facett hearing aid, which also took out the CSIRO Design Innovation Award and Best in Class for Product Design and Social Impact. The Blamey Saunders hears Facett hearing aid was designed by Professor Peter Blamey, Yaniv Kaufman and RMIT University’s very own Leah Heiss.
Facett is the world’s first modular hearing aid. Co-designed with hearing aid users, it provides unparalleled ease of use, upgradability options and aesthetic appeal. Magnetic modules click easily into place, simplifying daily maintenance tasks and empowering people who have dexterity and visual impairments with independence.
The judges said, “This product has incredible potential to make a very positive impact on people’s lives who suffer from hearing loss. The use of rechargeable batteries and magnetic coupling is highly innovative.”
“Every little detail of this product has been meticulously designed with the end use in mind, right down to the magnetic charging case, colour coded units for each ear and carefully considered design aesthetic. This is a world-class product that is extremely well resolved from every perspective. The stunning jewel-like design does well to remove the stigma of hearing aids by drawing parallels to jewellery and wearable art. Exquisite detailing, high-end technology and excellence in design make this a stand-out product that should be recognised and celebrated at the highest levels. A brilliant showcase for Australian design and innovation.”