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Matching Hearing Aids to Different Skin Tones

People ask us about the VANISH colors we’ve chosen to represent the skin tones of the world. How do we precisely measure the colors of different ethnicities and then produce a dye that will exactly match them? The correct answer is, we don’t.

Sometimes manufacturers of different products want to make them as noticeable as possible. Jewelry, like finger rings, earrings, necklaces, watches and bracelets come to mind. To make these as noticeable as possible they make them as shiny and reflective as possible (bling!), and also try to create as much contrast with skin tones as possible.

With a product like VANISH our goal is to simply reduce the reflectivity of the hearing aid tube and then change the color to reduce the contrast. This is where it really gets tricky. In the artist’s lingo, if you eliminate all of the translucence in order to eliminate reflectivity, you end up with something just as bad, or worse, opacity. So the key is to retain enough translucence to avoid opaqueness and get as close as you can to a color match. And that my friends, is all I can tell you without disclosing the essence of our patent.

Speaking of artists, it’s no secret that even the best and most accomplished portrait artists don’t even try to match skin tones exactly. They mostly try to produce a color that best represents the subject in the lighting conditions they’ve chosen or are working with. The human eye is a marvelous gift but few, if any, can detect and measure the optical registration of two closely chosen colors.

That’s why VANISH works so well; eliminate the reflection and get as close as possible to the skin tone in order to diminish almost all of the contrast, thus creating a less noticeable hearing aid tube. (testimonials)

Is VANISH an art or science? We think it’s probably a bit of both!