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Flight Hearing Protection System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Flight Hearing Protection System
Agency: DOD
Contract: N68335-11-C-0316
Award Amount: $149,750.00


Creare proposes a Flight Hearing Protection System based on an innovative communication earplug that is easily inserted and removed but that seals deep in the ear canal. We will also evaluate upgrades to the current flight helmet to improve the level of passive attenuation provided by the helmet. The high level of sound attenuation provided by the earplug coupled with improved helmet attenuation will result in a lightweight, low-cost, passive hearing protection system suitable for the loudest fixed and rotary wing aircraft cockpits and cabins. Our passive approach with a universal fit, reusable earplug, also results in a low system life-cycle cost. Creare has assembled a highly qualified team to complete this development effort. In Phase I, we will prepare a system design and demonstrate the performance of the earplug and of the upgraded helmet. In Phase II, we will fabricate the integrated system, and measure its performance in the laboratory and in the field.

Principal Investigator:

Anthony Dietz
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800

Business Contact:

James Barry
(603) 643-3800
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No