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Digital Method for Improved Custom Hearing Protection Equipment

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
87773
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N082-153-1115
Solicitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Topic Code:
N08-153
Solicitation Number:
2008.2
Small Business Information
ShapeStart Measurement Systems, Inc.
6991 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Building 400 Norcross, GA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Digital Method for Improved Custom Hearing Protection Equipment
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-10-C-0109
Award Amount: $749,958.00
 

Abstract:

The DoD spends over $1 Billion annually on disability payments attributed to hearing loss, yet this can be prevented. Research shows that with proper hearing protection a 19% reduction in hearing loss cases can be expected. Custom ear plugs force the user to wear the devices correctly and to retain hearing protection during activity, thus eliminating improper seating issues as the primary cause of DoD hearing loss cases. Realization of custom ear plugs within the DoD has been slow because current manual/physical ear impression technology is difficult to implement on a large scale therefore a new means of acquiring ear impressions is required. A non-contact digital ear imaging/fabrication device is proposed here which would reduce DoD disability payments by a projected $190 Million per year.

Principal Investigator:

Karol Hatzilias
President
(800) 568-2918
karol@shapestart.com

Business Contact:

Karol Hatzilias
President
(800) 568-2918
karol@shapestart.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ShapeStart Measurement Systems, Inc.
6991 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Building 400 Norcross, GA -

EIN/Tax ID: 202426221
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No