February 22, 2018

Why Hearing?

Hearing Impairment

Chart provided by World Wide Hearing

 

Communication Break-Down

Consequences:

If you can’t hear… you can’t learn to speak
If you can’t speak… you can’t COMMUNICATE in a hearing world
If you can’t communicate… you’re socially and economically deprived

Usually this leads to:

1) Low sense of self-worth, insecurity
2) Lack of education, timidity
3) Stigmatization in many societies
4) Social isolation, under employment
5) POVERTY

Information provided by World Wide Hearing

 

Providing Hearing Aids to Syrian Refugees

Refugees are in need of hearing aids. The number of hearing injuries caused by the Syrian War has only increased – and the issue has now reached our very doorstep here in Jordan.

 

Limitations of making ear molds by hand.

The traditional plaster method to produce the ear molds for hearing aids, is a “piece of artwork” and very time-consuming. A technician can create 3 or 4 ear molds at one time, but the process can take up to an entire day to complete.

The mixture used to create a foam ear impression is flammable. So the mixture can only be shipped in a large quantity by boat from Europe. This, of course, adds to the overall cost.

 

Our Solution- 3D ear scanning and 3D printing.

1) By using a 3D ear scanner, we can eliminate the step of making an impression of the ear.

2) We can 3D print up to 35 ear molds in one hour, instead of making 3 or 4 ear molds by hand in a day.

3) A portable 3D ear scanner gives us the ability to see a client in a home, village, or a refugee camp. Once we complete a 3D scan of our client, a 3D model is created in real-time on our internet cloud. Meanwhile, back in the lab, our 3D modeler can immediately start preparing the stl files for 3D printing.