Sensear Pty Ltd has been awarded the 2008 Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne Safety in Action Conference.
Managing Director Justin Miller said that the award reflected the potential of Sensear’s technology to dramatically reduce the incidence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in the workplace.
“NIHL is major health and safety issue in our workplaces particularly for people working in transport, construction, manufacturing, and mining industries.
“It takes only two minutes exposure to very loud noise before permanent hearing damage takes place.
“That is an unacceptable risk to employees,” he said.
Sensear has developed an electronic earplug that allows face-to-face, mobile phone, and two-way radio communication. An earmuff version will be released later this year.
The products use technology based on sophisticated algorithms which suppress industrial and other very loud noise to a safe level but allow speech to remain clear and audible.
“Previously people working in noisy environments could wear hearing protection but they could not
effectively communicate with each other.
“This has been a huge impediment to productivity and safety,” said Mr. Miller.
Sensear’s electronic earplug has been available in Australia since March 2008 and Europe and the USA since April 2008.
Founded in 2006 in Perth, Sensear Pty Ltd also has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, and Los Angeles.
Its world-first technology is based on sophisticated algorithms which suppress industrial and other very loud noise to a safe level but allow speech to remain clear and audible.
Sensear has incorporated the technology into the world’s first electronic earplugs enabling face-to-face, mobile phones, and two-way radio communication. An earmuff version will be available soon.
This has the potential to dramatically reduce the incidence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in the workplace. NIHL is the world's most common and costly workplace illness. It cannot be reversed but it can be prevented. Most commonly caused by industrial noise, NIHL can occur also as a result of exposure to loud noise in pubs, nightclubs, concerts, and major events.
- Winner 2008 Best Newcomer Safety in Action Award.
- Winner 2008 Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards (WAITTA) Innovation category.
- Winner 2007 Australian Information Industry Award Healthcare category
- Winner 2007 Australian Information Industry Award Research and Development Category
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