Diver Hearing Protection System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-12-M-0341
Agency Tracking Number: N12A-020-0088
Amount: $79,978.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: N12A-T020
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
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
 University of Buffalo
 Martina Tsai
 Sponsored Project Services
402 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY, 14260-7016
 (716) 645-2634
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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