Designing for ears is hard!

Gray Dawdy
May 24, 2022

Hey Ya’ll,

I’m Gray, Industrial Design, CoFounder of Decibels and Beanie Enthusiast.

Did you know? Designing things for your ears is really hard. Ears come in all shapes and sizes and it’s really difficult to design a product that fits on everyone.

But we Decibels we want to make sure that we have something that people love wearing. So we set out on the challenge of designing the worlds coolest hearing device.

We started by making some little prototypes out of wire and clay , turned it into a 3D model and printed it out on a 3D printer so we could try it out. Then we made little tweaks. and we repeated this process like a million times. At this point it fit Nick very well, but still didn’t work for everyone.

Since ears are all different sizes we thought we would try having a small, medium and large version. We 3D printed the different sizes and tested them pretty extensively. We got it working for most people, but it still has a few fit issues that stopped it from being wearable all day

We convinced some of our supporters to wear prototypes for at least a week. They gave us a bunch of feedback which we used to update the design, including making the speaker tube out of a more flexible material. Now it fits great all day

So it was a rocky road but it looks like we’ve created something that fits comfortably all day, but we will continue to make it even better as we move forward.

Besides the fit, are there any other topics behind the scene topics you would like to hear us talk about?  Let us know in the comments or send us an emails.

If you think you’re going want a pair of Decibels when we release them, make sure to preorder on our website.

I have to get back to designing, see you on the next video.

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