Affordable High-Performance Hearing Protection/Communication System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-08-M-6907
Agency Tracking Number: F081-016-0534
Amount: $99,825.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: AF081C-016
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
2020 Kraft Drive Suite 3030, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 624166075
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Gary Gibbs
 Chief Operating Officer
 (540) 951-1284
Business Contact
 Jeff Hammel
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (540) 951-1284
Research Institution
The development of affordable, high performance hearing protection and communication systems is critical for USAF and DOD aircraft maintainers who must work in the vicinity of jet exhaust noise during launch and recovery operations. Aegisound is in a unique position to leverage recently completed first-generation ANR hearing protector designs, intended for operation in JSF noise fields, to investigate further design improvements for affordability and even higher performance. This Phase I proposal addresses a range of performance issues for the use of ANR earplugs in harsh noise environments. Earplug design, controller design, and actuator design all play vital roles in high noise attenuation. Speech intelligibility and resistance to electromagnetic interference are also included as critical system requirements. All of these components and design criteria will be evaluated for performance versus their respective roles toward affordability. During the Phase I program, all relevant design and production issues will be identified and summarized with respect to affordable procurement of hearing protection systems that are useful in 150 dB noise environments. A detailed analysis of design metrics, production alternatives, cost drivers, and a plan for deployment of the proposed solutions will be provided at the conclusion of this work.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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