Phonak, a well-known hearing aid R & D and innovation company, has partnered with Materialise to create a new solution for the design and production of hearing aids: Rapid Shell Modeling. Prior to this, the production of hearing aids was a labor-intensive job and could only be done by skilled artisans. This work is not only time consuming, but also requires a lot of manual grooming in order to give users the most comfortable experience.
RSM’s new digital process scans the patient’s ear canal impressions and uses 3D printing to realize the hearing aid housing, which not only saves time and energy, but also produces more comfortable and better acoustic hearing aids.
This disruptive process has successfully transformed the hearing aid industry. At present, about 99% of hearing aids in the world are manufactured using this method, which has helped more than 10 million hearing-impaired patients.