Orders begin shipping in May 2022!
TrueAwareness™ is the second generation of a non linear hearing protection development project for the US military. The initial goal was to have impulse noise protection combined with an ambient noise reduction rating of 10dB (decibels) or less (to preserve situational awareness). TrueAwareness™ provides the impulse noise protection AND provides an ambient noise reduction of only 5dB, twice as good as the military’s requirement!
Sound localization is a listener’s ability to pinpoint the origin of a sound in both direction and distance. Typical hearing protection interferes with localization.
The human auditory system uses several cues for sound source localization, including time difference and sound level difference between the ears. Unfortunately, most ear plugs, ear muffs and even electronic, hear-through systems, disrupt the human sound localization system. They can even disrupt being able to differentiate a sound origin in front or in back!
Disrupted sound localization cancels situational awareness. Soldiers, policemen and hunters cannot sacrifice situational awareness for hearing protection.
Hearing protection is good unless it gets you killed.
Ear plugs, ear muffs, and even electronic hear- through protection degrade the wearer’s awareness. Standard ear plugs can offer good protection but they prevent being able to hear normal conversations and other desirable sounds. There are non-linear ear plugs that allow a certain amount of awareness but they still reduce most of the desirable sound. Electronic hearing protection reduces the natural ability of ears and brain to localize sound.
TrueAwareness™ protects against impulse sound, for example from gunshots, while still allowing the user to hear normal conversation and localize the source of the sound.