‘Forbes’ profiles hearing aid initiative using 3D printing

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Forbes showcased a new initiative to provide low-cost hearing aids to children in Jordan using 3D printing technology, which aims to help address a deep need for hearing care in the developing world.

Jason Szolomayer, a former founding banker and CEO of 3DP4ME, was struck by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that less than 3% of people in developing countries who need hearing aids actually have them. Given the enormity of the need, he set out to find a “scalable solution” and discovered that 3D printing technology would enable rapid prototyping and customization of hearing aids, according to the article.

Szolomayer’s initiative has received support from companies such as Intel, Accenture and BASF, as well as collaboration with Stanford University and the Technical University of Munich, and he has assembled a team of experts in “Audiology, Additive Manufacturing, Medical Device Manufacturing, Design, and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems”, according to Forbes.

Darryl Adams, Intel’s Director of Accessibility, is quoted in the article as saying, “Through our Intel RISE Technology Initiative (IRTI), Intel is supporting projects that help create a more responsible, inclusive, and sustainable future. thanks to our technology. We are delighted to partner with Accenture to help the 3DP4ME team achieve their mission to provide modern solutions to address hearing loss in underserved communities.

In its pilot phase, Szolomayer plans to identify 50 children between the ages of 6 and 10 to be fitted with hearing aids. Eventually, he wants to “provide 12,000 hearing aids to 4,000 people needing monolateral hearing aids and 4,000 people needing bilateral hearing aids,” which he says will cost $5 million. Ultimately, Szolomayer believes the organization can develop 3D skills within the community, potentially strengthening the local economy and helping to build a manufacturing sector, essential to help improve living standards at a faster rate, according to Forbes.

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Source: Forbes

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