Uncovering Nuance: Exploring Hearing Aids and Super Normal Design

Katie Brown (Lead / Corresponding author), Graham Pullin

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This paper presents initial research undertaken as part of an ongoing PhD project, with the aim to explore the lived experiences of hearing aid wearers. This research asks, how does the experience of wearing hearing aids differ across hard of hearing, deafened and D/deaf users? What decisions are hearing aid wearers making with regards to ‘passing,’ ‘covering’ and ‘uncovering?’ And in which ways does stigma affect these decisions? Exploring nuanced and complex attitudes towards hearing loss and D/deafness through observations and informal fieldwork and suggesting that a nuanced design approach may better reflect the attitudes and identity of wearers. Furthermore, future research will adopt a super normal design sensibility and craft practice as an approach to explore further research questions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRunning with Scissors
Subtitle of host publication13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
EditorsLouise Valentine, Joanna Bletcher, Leon Cruickshank
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages11
EditionSupplement 1
ISBN (Electronic)9780367330569
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Running with Scissors - Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201912 Apr 2019
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameDesign Journal
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN (Print)1460-6925


Conference13th International Conference of the European Academy of Design
Abbreviated titleEAD Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • hearing
  • hearing aids
  • super normal
  • design

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