It was a welcome break from my ironing pile and the overly addictive reports on the bombings on BBC News 24 to come across the feature on designer hearing aids.
Almost certainly the idea of a hearing aid conjures up to most an outdated chunk of formica displayed over the chest or cumbersomely behind the ear.
It will come as a refreshing surprise to many then to see the Hearwear exhibition at the V&A this week. There are a range of stylish designs, from the glasses that have a small protuberance on the arm to act as the hearing aid, to the noise-reducing-headphone style aid that mimic the latest fashion accessories to the iPod craze. Some of the designs can be seen here.
This is certainly an exciting development for the deaf, perhaps long overdue. I don't see the designer colostomy bag around the corner though...