Digital Method for Improved Custom Hearing Protection Equipment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0483
Agency Tracking Number: N082-153-1115
Amount: $149,944.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-153
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
1412 Oakbrook Drive, Suite 190, Norcross, GA, 30093
DUNS: 199771200
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Karol Hatzilias
 (888) 433-7226
Business Contact
 Karol Hatzilias
Title: President
Phone: (888) 433-7226
Research Institution
The DoD spends over $1 Billion annually on disability payments attributed to hearing loss, yet this can be prevented. Research shows that with proper hearing protection a 19% reduction in hearing loss cases can be expected. Custom ear plugs force the user to wear the devices correctly and to retain hearing protection during activity, thus eliminating improper seating issues as the primary cause of DoD hearing loss cases. Realization of custom ear plugs within the DoD has been slow because current manual/physical ear impression technology is difficult to implement on a large scale therefore a new means of acquiring ear impressions is required. A non-contact digital ear imaging/fabrication device is proposed here which would reduce DoD disability payments by a projected $190 Million per year.

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