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Multi-Function In-Ear Probe

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Health Agency
Contract: W81XWH-19-C0076
Agency Tracking Number: H2-0439
Amount: $1,614,313.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DHA18-001
Solicitation Number: 18.1
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2022
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2022-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2023-10-25
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Odile H Clavier
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
Business Contact
 Betsy Williams
Phone: (603) 640-2331
Research Institution

The nature of military operations leads to high noise levels, exposing personnel to the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Individual hearing monitoring is conducted yearly, which can only provide a record of the progression of irreversible hearing loss with limited options for intervention and mitigation. Furthermore, there is limited data that links actual, real-world noise exposure to NIHL, making it very difficult to develop evidence-based damage risk criteria. Creare is developing a novel device that (1) provides hearing protection during activities in noisy environments; (2) records personal noise dose; and (3) monitors hearing function over time. Our integrated in-ear hearing monitoring and protection device will eventually allow users to monitor the potential impact of auditory insults as close to the injury as is possible, and eventually enable real-time intervention such as pharmaceuticals to mitigate pre-clinical hearing damage and prevent NIHL. In this Phase II Enhancement SBIR we will build on the successes of our Phase II to improve the performance of our prototype and build molded devices ready for use in human studies in military settings

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