Initial Research & Ideation
I began my research more generally looking into occupational hearing loss.
When individuals are not aware of
situations causing hearing impairment
or decline, they are susceptible to
further hearing loss. This loss is often
diagnosed late or remains undiagnosed,
making it difficult to monitor and
manage the condition and its associate
1. Late diagnosis
2. Reactionary, not preventative
3. Personal condition monitoring
4. Personalized treatment plan
5. Social/lifestyle impairment
Refined Direction & Concepts
I chose to focus on construction workers because 50% of workers have a hearing related issue/injury. Construction workers are required to wear PPE so a device could be created to further protect and equip workers' ears.
1. No awareness of impact of hazardous noise.
2. No understanding of proper hearing protection.
3. No way to check and track your hearing health.
I enjoyed the challenged of designing within an unfamiliar space and was motivated by the great need for a better solution to combat occupational hearing loss.
I enjoyed designing for a specific user and enviroment and developing Dosi to fit into an adaptable system. With more time I would do more refinement on the form and UI and perform user testing.
Special thanks to Josh, Aaron, Nick and Carson from Tactile, Professor Jason Germany as well as my peers for their guidance and feedback.