Protoconch is a patented adapter that connects spectacle frames to behind-the-ear cochlear implant processors (CIs) in a manner that is comfortable, secure, and usable.
Protoconch is currently in the beta-prototyping stage, and is being developed in concert with the Ferris State University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.
A one-page description of the project can be found here.
People who wear behind-the-ear cochlear implants (CIs) can have trouble wearing spectacles at the same time, because spectacles can physically interfere with CIs.
Current solutions to the problem are uncomfortable, forcing both spectacles and CIs to compete over the limited space above the ear; insecure, leading to the potential for either spectacles or CIs to become unseated or lost; or restrict usability by connecting the spectacles to the CIs so they are difficult to remove.
Protoconch is a 3-D printable adapter that can be installed on spectacle frames, so that the frames can be attached securely to the earhook of a CI processor, allowing for comfortable wear, while still allowing the spectacles to be easily taken on and off throughout the day.