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David Sparks Ph.d Hunter's Earplugs
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: June 13, 2017

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A company called Etymotic Research produces electronic earplugs that are very effective for hunters. David Sparks, Sportsman’s spotlight, here’s spokesperson Rick Carlson. Midwest Company Offers Farmers & Agriculture Community Products to Protect Their HearingEtymotic’s High-Definition Earplugs and Earphones ReduceThe Risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Exposure to noise from loud farm machinery and animals, and the resulting hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is just one of the many occupational hazards with which modern farmers have to contend. But one Elk Grove Village, IL company has a solution: high-definition earplugs and earphones.

Rick Carlson of “Etymotic’s safety line of earplugs and earphones reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Used for years by musicians and others exposed to high sound levels, these products are now being highlighted as essential equipment for farmers.”

Etymotic’s HD•Safety™ earplugs are the world’s highest fidelity ready-fit earplugs. These low-cost earplugs reduce sound levels while preserving clarity, instead of muffling the sound. HD•Safety™ earplugs are available in two sizes to fit most ears. Farmers who need protection from sudden loud impacts or sustained loud sounds, but also want to hear naturally when sound levels are safe, have a solution in the HD•15®. These electronic earplugs allow safe sounds to pass through, as though nothing is in the ears, yet instantaneously react to reduce loud sounds and protect hearing. 

Listening to music in tractor cabs can put hearing at risk if the volume has to be raised to hear the music over the machine noise. Etymotic’s HD•Safety™ Earplugs + Earphones block external sound (like earplugs) to reduce external noise and are engineered for safe listening and exceptional sound quality. High-definition sound reproduction means no need to use high playback levels to hear every detail of the music. Risk to hearing is minimized, regardless of the volume setting. 

Etymotic has a long history of commitment to hearing health, and those in the farming community can now avail themselves of the best products on the planet to protect their ears, so that hearing loss is one less occupational hazard to worry about. Funny coincidence. Dr.Mead Killion, President/CTO of Etymotic, got his PhD in audiology at Northwestern University and now teaches there. I also have a PhD in audiology. Where did I get it? Northwestern University.

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