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Maintainer Head and Hearing Protection

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Adaptive Technologies, Inc.
2020 Kraft Drive Suite 3040 Blacksburg, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Maintainer Head and Hearing Protection
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N68335-06-C-0149
Award Amount: $880,684.00


The U.S. Navy is seeking innovations that lead to lightweight, more comfortable, head protection technologies that are compatible with recent advancements in single and double hearing protection devices used by aircraft engine maintainers. The current USN cranial system, worn by aircraft maintainers on the flight deck, was originally designed in the 1950's. During the past decades, jet aircraft engine noise levels have risen substantially. One result is that significant numbers of career Navy veterans have to apply for total hearing loss disability after retirement. The exponential increases in yearly VA hearing loss claim amounts indicates that hearing protector attenuation values have not kept up with increases in jet engine sound levels. This Phase II program will begin with a refinement of Phase I designs for improved head protection, with a customer-driven process that will offer advancements in numerous design metrics for the headgear such as: new anthropomorphic data for fit, user studies that define shape and comfort, easy integration of NVD and CBR equipment, improved maintainability and durability, product cost, and strict adherence to total daily exposure noise limits in noise fields up to 150 dB(A) SPL. Prototype systems will be delivered at the conclusion of the Phase II program.

Principal Investigator:

Yu Du
Research Scientist

Business Contact:

Michael Vaudrey
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

2020 Kraft Drive Suite 3040 Blacksburg, VA 24060

EIN/Tax ID: 541688539
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No