Portable, Hearing Protection Device (HPD) Assessment System (PHAS)

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$150,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W81XWH-13-C-0136
Solitcitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Number:
2012.2
Branch:
Defense Health Program
Award Year:
2013
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
H122-009-0247
Solicitation Topic Code:
DHP12-009
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
161911532
Principal Investigator
 Devendra Tolani
 Lead Scientist/Program Manager
 (301) 294-4630
 dtolani@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts&Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Good hearing is critical to understanding verbal communications, and to auditory situational awareness in military training and on the battlefield. Also, hearing protection is critical to the health and safety of those exposed to hazardous noise. In veteran"s compensation cases, Tinnitus and Hearing loss are the two most common disabilities awarded by the VA. Exposure to high noise levels, both hazardous and non-hazardous, may lead to excessive fatigue, reduced efficiency, headaches, sleep loss, muscle tension, high blood pressure, reduced reaction time and reduced concentration. (Army Hearing Program ST4-02.501, 2008). The effectiveness of hearing protection is dependent, not only upon the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of the devices, but also upon how they are fitted. The proposed research seeks to develop a portable, low cost, ruggedized, HPD Assessment System, which can be used in the field to validate levels of protection supported by HPDs at a personal level. The system will be capable of testing multiple users simultaneously, support a Field Microphone in Real Ear (F-MIRE) measurement method, provide a Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR) for each patient under test and provide data interfaces which are compatible with existing DOD systems such as the Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System (DOEHRS-HC).

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