Fit and Comfort Perception on Hearing Aids: A Pilot Study

Fang Fu, Yan Luximon

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Fit and comfort issues in ergonomic designs contain both physical fit and users’ comfort perception, which are important for products with increasing requirements based on user experience, such as hearing aids. In this study, 3D ear was modelled as a reference to determine the size and shape of in-the-ear hearing aids. Four models and twelves sizes of hearing aids were customized designed based on the anthropometric reference model. The prototypes were 3D printed with Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Polylactic Acid (PLA), and Nylon materials. The study revealed the differences of user experience with the changes of product parameters, including size, shape and material, which suggested scaling range and proportion for research in customized design of hearing aids. The study contributed to a better understanding of the relationship between anthropometry and hearing aid design for further research on generalizing comprehension of users’ perception.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Systems Engineering and Design II - Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Trends and Applications, IHSED 2019
EditorsTareq Ahram, Waldemar Karwowski, Stefan Pickl, Redha Taiar
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783030279271
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Event2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications, IHSED 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 16 Sep 201918 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


Conference2nd International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design: Future Trends and Applications, IHSED 2019


  • 3D printing
  • Fit and comfort
  • Hearing aid design
  • User perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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