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
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • hearing
    • hearing aids
    • super normal
    • design

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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