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miniBTE Hearing Devices

The days of large, indiscreet hearing aids are over. Technological breakthroughs have resulted in hearing aids that are smaller than ever before – in fact, very often far less noticeable than wearing glasses. In the BTE class devices, the electronics are housed in a compact case behind the ear, and the sound is sent through a tube into a custom earpiece that is tailor-made to fit you perfectly.

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POWER

Oticon’s Eclipse miniBTE is a new series of small but powerful, high-end hearing devices. They are built on Oticon’s most advanced technology, and deliver best-in-class listening performance. A range of breakthrough features combine to give you enhanced sound quality and reduce the effort required to listen and understand.
SMALL PACKAGE

Oticon tasked my studio with designing a new device which would reflect a kinship with the existing miniRITE, a quite small device based on an in-ear speaker. Some users require a more powerful BTE solution for their hearing loss, and the design brief focused on minimal size, robust and reliable appearance as well as optimised and ergonomic user interface.
USER-CENTRIC

The design work took the needs of both End-users and Hearing Care Professionals into account, with such features as:
- Stylish, discreet design
- Compact, organic shape
- Easy operation and maintenance

DISCREET

connections

New insights and technology prompted redevelopment of Oticon’s Streamer

Streamer is a device that allows users to transmit audio from sources like TV’s or phones directly to their hearing aids. It requires the use of a loop antenna, and must be worn around the neck for proper reception.

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PLUGGING IN

One of the challenges facing people with hearing loss is the everyday interactions with family, friends or colleagues. To assist in this, Oticon’s hearing instruments have been designed to connect effortlessly with a wide range of the other devices you use on a day-to-day basis. These include such things as your landline or mobile phone, your TV, radio, computer or MP3 player.
OVERCOMING STIGMA

Most people are unkeen to broadcast their hearing impairment, so the less conspicuous the Streamer, the better, according to users. We suggested that by borrowing visual cues from music players, it might allow users to feel more confident about the signals they send out.
CROSS-BRANDING

Numerous concepts were developed on the same technical platform, allowing Oticon's sister brands their own unique product identities.
VARIATIONS

attraction

Intiga is the world’s smallest, fully wireless hearing device, designed with a focus on maximum discreetness, comfort and aesthetics.

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IMMEDIATE ACCEPTANCE

The goal was to ease the transition of first-time users to a world of enhanced sound. We had an acute focus on all aspects of concern to end-users and hearing care professionals. Every detail of the device was tested, reworked and validated. From the ergonomics of the battery door nail grip, to the ease of changing the speaker wire, to the shape of the in-ear-speaker and how it could conform to the ear canal.
DETAILS, DETAILS!

Having solved numerous projects for Oticon over the past years, this project represented our closest collaboration yet. Spurred by a strong track record, we set out to raise awareness of the various potentials of design within the organisation, resulting an a more integrated role for design in Oticon’s product development process.
WORLD'S SMALLEST

Through a period of 30 months from startup to product launch, lockenwitz was included in the development process every step of the way.
RECOGNITION

Intiga has been graced with a number of awards, notably the iF Product Design Award and two Danish Design Awards.

emotion

Oticon approached me with open minds and an ambitious brief. Our objective became to break the mould and revolutionize the concept of the hearing aid, and to continue to address the stigma of hearing loss through design.

We were to transform the lowly hearing aid into something that people didn't just need, but would actually want.

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VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE

THAT'S A HEARING AID?

RED DOT WINNER

HI-TECH ACCESSORY

character

First project with Oticon.

The brief was to develop a directional microphone with a keen focus on ergonomics and functionality, and on communicating sophistication in response to stigmatization.

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SLEEK

WEARABLE

ERGONOMIC

concept

Sennheiser approached me for a fresh perspective on their Bluetooth headset product line.

The result was a highly flexible device with interchangeable shells for diversification and OEM potential.

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INTERCHANGEABLE SHELLS

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FLEXIBLE

detail

Oticon's Amigo R1, R2 and R7 receivers are designed to work together with the Oticon Lexis transmitter, either attaching to specific hearing devices or using a universal interface.

Key challenges included creating a simple and durable interface, clear visual feedback, minimal size and a coherent, elegant form language.

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