Comfortable, Easy-to-Insert Hearing Protection Earplug
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL), typically resulting from cumulative exposure, is the most prevalent occupational injury in US industry, affecting more than 10 million workers at a total preventable economic cost of ~$100 billion. Most employers rely primarily on personal hearing protection devices to prevent injury. Foam “roll-down” earplugs are the most common and effective, offering high attenuation and unobtrusive all-day comfort. However, they are difficult to insert correctly, limiting their real-world performance and leaving a majority of wearers under-protected.
RAPA Technologies has developed a novel earplug that provides exceptional comfort and maximal passive attenuation but is much easier to insert correctly, more convenient, and incorporates a pass-through communications channel. This earplug will offer better protection when worn and be worn more often, substantially improving hearing conservation outcomes.