Oakdale, Minnesota - A US company says its new foam earplugs are both comfortable, and cut the intensity of sound levels without compromising the quality of the sound. The Comply Foam Plugs "are ideally suited for the concert goer and frequent traveller alike," says manufacturer Hearing Components
According to the company, the "traditional ear plugs currently used by concert-goers, event spectators and musicians distort the sound by 'muffling; the mid and high frequencies."
But Comply Foam Plugs have acoustic baffling and high-pass filters to even out the sound blocking across the entire frequency spectrum. As a result, Hearing Components says, "the user experiences hi-fidelity retention, along with a noise reduction rating of 15dB."
For travellers, the new design dampens the sounds associated with plane, rail and road travel -- without inhibiting the user's ability to hear announcements.
The device uses Comply foam tips that hold the plugs securely in place while lowering noise isolation to allow outside sounds in.
"Those of us who use them know how distracting most ear plugs can be," said Steve Thompson, director of sales and marketing for Hearing Components, in a release.
"Beyond the muffled sound, they are uncomfortable and cumbersome but most of all don't stay in place for any length of time," he said, indicating that the new products combat these issues.
High-tech viscoelastic polyurethane foam allows the Comply Foam Plugs to be 30-times softer than silicone tips.
Hearing Components said the "heat-sensitive, breathable foam conforms to the dynamic shape of the ear canal and maintains a proper seal -- even when the individual is singing along at their favourite concert," for example.