New Method for Hearing Protection Means Users No Longer Need to Suffer in Silence

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Patented Ear Chamber Technology Protects Hearing Without Blocking Voices

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, according to the American Academy of Audiology. With over 36 million Americans struggling with hearing loss, one third have developed hearing loss as a result of exposure to loud noise.

The good news is that noise-induced hearing loss can easily be prevented by wearing hearing protection in high-noise environments. The bad news is that many choose not to use the options available today - including foam ear plugs and over-ear muffs - citing discomfort, bulk and a feeling of isolation from all sounds, including voices.

As a result, millions of people remain at risk for permanent hearing damage and hearing loss.

SensGard, http://www.sensgard.com, a Rochester, NY based developer and distributor of hearing protection products, hopes to help those who dislike traditional ear plugs or muffs stay safe and comfortable in noisy situations this month and all year round, with an innovative new addition to the hearing protection market - ear chambers.

Their University-patented product, SensGard Ear Chambers, uses the science of sound chambers to create a simple yet intelligent wearable device that redirects harmful noise away from the ear, while continuing to allow voices and other useful sounds to be heard clearly.

"It's important for all of us to take steps to protect our hearing now, in order to prevent damage later," says audiologist Dr. Sarah Klimasewski, who partners with SensGard to test product designs and provide information and resources to customers. "The only hearing protection that works, is the kind you'll actually wear, so finding the right solution to fit your daily lifestyle is key," says Klimasewski.

Unlike ear plugs or muffs, the lightweight, low profile device does not go inside the ear, nor will it cover the entire ear like a heavy muff. The wearer can easily have a conversation with the person next to him without moving the device or exposing the ears to damaging noise, making it easy to protect hearing during any activity where communication is key - on the job, on the shooting range, at home, or at noisy concerts or events with friends.

Developed and patented by Syracuse University Professor of Neuroscience Emeritus and founder of the Institute for Sensory Research, Dr. Jozef Zwislocki, the device does not use any electronics or batteries, unlike other more expensive noise-canceling products on the market, making it more affordable and accessible for all types of users.

"Whenever noise is present, there is the potential for hearing loss," says Klimasewski. "This product is the only one I've seen that can be used anywhere, by anyone, for any purpose."

The product has gained a loyal following within the hunting and sport shooting communities, as well as those in manufacturing and construction, and with hobbyists like woodworkers and welders. The brand also partners with employers to provide employees with an alternative to expensive or ineffective hearing protection on the job, where clear communication is critical to safety.

Others have found that the product not only protects ears against noise damage, but also eliminates distraction and promotes a sense of calm and focus in office or school environments.

"I've used SensGard Ear Chambers with my students for years in my classroom during reading and study time," says Jim Reeverts, a 4th grade teacher in the Rochester, NY area. "Because the Ear Chambers block out distracting background noise in the classroom, it makes it easier for students to focus and stay on task. I've noticed a big difference in their concentration - and the students love picking their favorite color from the bright colored headsets."

The brand was recently licensed for distribution by Otis Technology, a maker of gun cleaning parts and accessories, and is also available through Home Depot online, in addition to being available directly from the manufacturer at http://www.SensGard.com.

About SensGard

Headquartered in Fairport, NY, SensGard delivers safe hearing and clear communication with innovative technology developed and patented by Syracuse University. With high-quality SensGard Ear Chambers and accessories, and in partnership with expert audiologists, neuroscientists, and sensory professionals, SensGard ensures powerful hearing protection that's comfortable, convenient, and backed by science - for home, work, and play. To learn more about SensGard products, visit sensgard.com

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