Diver Hearing Protection System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,978.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-12-M-0341
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-020-0088
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T020
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
AnthonyDietz
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
ajd@creare.com
Business Contact:
JamesBarry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institute:
University of Buffalo
Martina Tsai
Sponsored Project Services
402 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY, 14260-7016
(716) 645-2634

Abstract
Although helmeted divers are routinely exposed to noise levels that pose an increased risk of hearing damage, modern dive helmets do not include additional hearing protection. Noise sources from underwater tools, breathing noise, and high-volume communications all contribute to a dangerous noise environment inside the helmet. Creare has teamed with the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo to address this issue by improving the hearing protection provided by dive helmets, reducing the self-noise generated in the helmets, and developing a technique for measuring the attenuation performance of these helmets. Our Diver Hearing Protection System (DHPS) will focus on cost-effective upgrades to current helmet designs and will be integrated with helmet communications. Our measurement approach makes use of Creare"s unique acoustic test fixture, an anatomically accurate head simulator that enables measurement of the attenuation performance of a helmet for both air- and bone conducted sound transmission paths. In Phase I, we will evaluate a commercial dive helmet and then implement a prototype DHPS system and measure its performance. In Phase II, we will perform further design, build, and test cycles to refine our system, and we will conduct a series of human subject tests to validate its performance.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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