Showcase 12 March 2018

Improved hearing through mass-customized hearing aids

Additive manufacturing is applied by Sonova AG for mass-customizing hearing aids. For a worldwide supply Sonova AG make use of a distributed production network consisting of several manufacturing facilities in different parts of the world.

In the hearing instrument industry, additive manufacturing has been used since the early 2000`s for the fabrication of customized hearing aids. A hearing aid helps a person with impaired hearing to compensate this hearing loss by selective amplification of sound. Additive manufacturing allows to individualize and adapt the shape of these devices to the specific geometry of a customer`s hearing channel.

Over time, this use case for additive manufacturing has become mature and today, customized hearing aids are sold worldwide in very large quantities. In this respect, there are a number of drivers that have a significant influence on the development and manufacturing of hearing aids. First, hearing devices should be as small as possible and provide a good wearing comfort while integrating all necessary electronic components. Second, customers from different parts of the world demand a short delivery time. Third, customers as well as hearing healthcare professionals expect a selection of different features, optical appearance, and other customizable options.

Sonova AG, a Swiss company specialized in hearing care solutions, addresses these market requirements with…

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