Hearing Protection Device with Communication for Aviation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-06-C-0004
Agency Tracking Number: N052-095-0509
Amount: $79,938.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: N05-095
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
6000 Willow Creek Rd, Suite 200, Prescott, AZ, 86301
DUNS: 141454293
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ed Andert
 Senior Engineer
 (928) 445-5491
Business Contact
 Bruce Sheldon
Title: President
Phone: (928) 445-5491
Email: bruce@ahphearing.com
Research Institution
The military aviation environment experiences very high noise levels often reaching 150 dB. Hearing protection devices for support and maintenance personnel provide inadequate noise protect. In addition, ground personnel usually lack any means of communication other than human voice (shouting). Operational safety is dependent upon flight line crew communication and situational awareness. High noise levels degrade this awareness and affect hearing health which can degrade mission capabilities. Advanced Hearing Products, Inc. (AHP) proposes an innovative approach to protecting personnel from hearing damage while enabling effective voice communications and situational awareness. This Hearing Protection Device with Communication solution is an effective hearing protection headset that compresses high noise to acceptable levels while transmitting voice and environment sound at adjustable amplified levels. Noise exposure levels are recorded and users are passively alerted when daily allowed noise doses are exceeded. The Phase I technical objective is to determine the feasibility of developing the AHP approach for hearing protection in the military aviation environment. AHP will utilize its extensive experience in hearing protection technology and devices to develop the innovative product. AHP has developed and manufactures several hearing protection products with talk-through capability for use in high-noise environments.

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