Look up! It's not a baby, it's not Lady Gaga ... It's GADGART! Gadg-art [short for gadget art] is what designer Gina Hsu calls this plastic trumpet ring. [dun, dun, dun ...] The ring, seemingly influenced by a Lady Gaga hat, is the modern take on the ancient ear horn.
Since the beginning of time [oh-kay, not that long ago], people have been trying to find ways for people who are deaf/hoh to hear. Before the era of the modern (battery-operated) hearing aid, one device people used in order to hear was the ear trumpet. First historically mentioned in 1624, it is a funnel shaped device that collects sound waves and transmits them to the ear. The ear trumpet was a long time leader in the world of hearing aids until 1963, when F.C. Rein and Son, the last trumpet producer, ended its production. Since then people have been using analog and digital hearing aids.