The Phonic Ear hearing-aid, that big beige box worn in the 1970s by kids who were deaf.
Book illustrator Cece Bell rewrote her life story this year, with a Phonic Ear giving her super-powers in a graphic novel. Bell’s self-deprecating humour about wearing the hearing-aid and the everyday social interactions it generated will be welcomed by fellow wearers.
NY Times book review: ‘El Deafo’, by Cece Bell
Washington Post: ‘El Deafo’, a very funny graphic first novel
The Guardian: Interview with Cece Bell