Chicago-based Etymotic Research is primarily known as the inventor of the in-ear earphones used by professional musicians, sound engineers, and discriminating audiophiles. However, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company has been honored for its innovations in protecting the hearing of our troops.
The winner of the CES 2011 Best of Innovations in Health and Wellness, the Electronic Blast PLG Earplugs were developed to reduce hearing loss and tinnitus caused by the explosions, gunfire, machinery, and other loud noises deployed troops commonly encounter.
Most soldiers choose not to wear hearing protection because current devices interferes with situational awareness and the ability to hear softer sounds. The Electronic Blast PLG Earplugs’ circuitry actively protects from louder, dangerous noise levels while also allowing for natural hearing as though there is nothing in the ears.
While developed specially for the military, the Electronic Blast PLG Earplugs are available in two versions for anyone working in noisy environments who need to hear clearly.
Product page: Electronic BlastPLG Earplugs
Press release for CES: Etymotic receives prestigious CEA Innovations Award EB-series electronic ear protection developed to save the hearing of deployed troops