Etymotic, the headphone manufacturer is designing a range of headphones aimed at the military, or indeed anyone else wanting to look after their hearing.
Dubbed the Blastplugs, they will cancel out noise above 85dB, but amplify it under this level. The idea isn’t just to let soldiers listen to their favourite playlists in peace, but to help them to communicate with each other under noisy conditions, such as, say, a battlefield.
One of the debilitating effects of hearing loss is the inability to locate sounds, which is something of a major problem for soldiers returning to the field. That said, the Blastplugs should interest anyone wanting to look after their hearing.
The good news is that Etymotic will be selling the headphones to the rest of us too. The company has said that it will be aiming them specially at firing range enthusiasts and, not that we approve, at hunters.
We’ve generally been pretty impressed by Etymotic’s efforts in the past, so we look forward to getting our ear canals around the Blastplugs when they launch later in the year.