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New earplugs for soldiers and law enforcement teams supply active hearing protection and better situational awareness.

OTTO Engineering, specializing in the design and manufacture of two-way radio accessories for industrial, public safety, and military applications has recently announced the launch of its new NoizeBarrier High-Definition Electronic Earplugs.

According to the company’s press release quoted on sys-con.com, this new device is an essential component for military and law enforcement professionals in the war against hearing loss and for preserving situational awareness during missions. OTTO’s dual-mode electronic earplugs offer active hearing protection as well as a hearing enhancement mode that provides extreme sound localization and detection. The noise-isolating ear tips combined with proprietary sound processing electronics enables the earplugs to respond to the user’s unique sound environment.

With a simple press on the touchpad, the enhanced hearing mode feature is activated providing up to 5X amplification of softer sounds, while still maintaining impulse noise protection. A built-in mechanism brings high-definition sound quality to the user experience via the balanced armature speakers and the use of wide bandwidth microphones.  All of this is accomplished while maintaining natural hearing at safe sound levels for unsurpassed situational awareness and communication.

The development is user-friendly using its one-button touchpad operation and up to 16 hours of continuous use on a single charge.  The earplugs can be stored and charged in the rugged carrying case.  Both the earplugs and charging case are water resistant.

Once charged, the built-in charging station has the capacity to recharge the earplugs up to 20 times, before the charging station needs to be recharged.  The inside of the case has an LCD screen to display the charging status of the charging station as well as the battery capacity of each electronic earplug.  The combination of rechargeable earplugs and the portable charging station make the NoizeBarrier earplugs ideal for extended and demanding missions.