Faculty Advisor

Clements, Kevin A.

Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


Nearly 80% of those who could benefit from wearing a hearing aid choose not to use one. This study, completed by an interdisciplinary team for the Victorian Deaf Society in Melbourne, Australia, addresses the social attitudes and other limitations of hearing aids which result in poor market penetration. Based on the principles of universal design, specific recommendations are presented to improve the function and style of hearing aids. Additionally, the study recommends implementation of hearing assistive devices for the hearing.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences