“It’s essential to consider the user when creating a wearable medical device – an awkward or uncomfortable device simply won’t get used.” – Rowan Page
The cochlear implant is an Australian innovation, first “switched on” in a Melbourne patient in 1982. While it was revolutionary at the time, by today’s standards, the external electrode, speech processor, and battery holster were large and unwieldy, particularly for younger recipients.
Through the use of miniaturisation and other advances in materials and technology, modern cochlear implants are much more usable. This project seeks to further enhance their usability by directly involving end-users in the design process as Health Collab investigates conceptual and concrete designs to create the next- generation of device.
MADA researchers from varied backgrounds, including professional artists, designers, architects and theorists, work together to produce vibrant, innovative, creative research that addresses the social, economic and human issues facing Australia.