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Connected ear protectors improve productivity and safety

06 August 2020

UK-based Eave has developed ‘hearable’ technology to keep workers safe and connected when they work in hazardous industrial environments. The MKI smart ear protectors gather data about onsite noise levels while protecting the wearer from excessive noise.

Eave MKI – Image: Eave
Eave MKI – Image: Eave

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The data is automatically reported on the Eave PEAK cloud-based noise monitoring platform, producing a heat map of noise and monitoring the connected workers’ exposure to noise. This ensures that dangerous doses and durations of noise exposure can be avoided to prevent noise induced hearing loss and create an audit trail of compliance to protect companies against future occupational hearing loss claims.

The MKI analyses frequencies from four digital microphones, using algorithms that have previously only been found in top-of-the-range hearing aids, to sample the ambient noise. The data collected is sent to the securely encrypted PEAK platform enabling site managers and health and safety officers to monitor and map the noise intensity and exposures of their sites and operatives from any web browser.

The MKI not only protects hearing, but also enables communication in noisy environments. Connected workers can maintain face-to-face communication and make and receive phone calls even in environments with hazardous noise levels. This improved communication enhances safety and efficiency, as users are more aware of their surroundings and of any danger. Productivity is increased by eliminating the downtime caused by workers removing their headsets or going off-site to have a conversation.

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