Flight Hearing Protection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-11-C-0316
Agency Tracking Number: N111-011-0558
Amount: $149,750.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solitcitation Year: 2011
Solitcitation Topic Code: N111-011
Solitcitation Number: 2011.1
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Duns: 072021041
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Anthony Dietz
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 ajd@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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.

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