A designer has come up with a new piece of jewellery aiming to help people overcome reservations about wearing hearing aids and challenge pre-conceived notions of hearing loss.
Olesja Grant has worked alongside Jacqui Larsson Fine Jewellery to produce a ‘snake clip’, which is currently in production and due for completion in July.
Jacqui Larsson described how Olesja had experienced unexpected and significant hearing loss following surgery, leading to a personal crisis due to her reservations about wearing a hearing aid.
Aiming to challenge pre-conceived notions of hearing loss and hearing aids, she initially came up with idea of “pimping up her hearing aids” and adorn them with diamonds.
Due to a number of constraints and sensitive to not obstruct, interfere or compromise the functionality of the hearing aid, the project developed into an ear clip.
After exploring several designs, mindful that the obligatory positioning of the hearing aid presented challenges, the project opted for a simple design.
A hinged mechanism sits behind the ear lobe to give stability, security and support to the snake, which appears from below the lobe in two distinct sections. Tiny diamonds are scattered throughout and the body is hand engraved to introduce texture. The ear clip can be worn in addition to a stud earring.
The metal weight was judged so that the snake can balance on the ear, comfortable and affordable.
Jacqui said: “The snake ear clip is our client’s instrument to be social – a tool to attract attention to her ears and prompt and encourage discussion. It will be a daily reminder of her mission to promote awareness of hearing impairment, provoke debate, educate and challenge stigmas.
“Ultimately, she considers her bespoke ear clip an award, or medal, to her ears – and aids – which are essential to her quality of life.”