Hearing protection in noisy environments: Sensear Hearing Protection and Communication.
Inventor Professor Sven Nordholm
Sensear’s Speech Enhancing Noise Suppression (SENS) technology boosts and cleans speech while suppressing background noise. It allows users to clearly and safely communicate in noisy environments through earphones or earpieces and high noise communication devices, which enable face-to-face, mobile phone and two-way radio and short range communication. The new SDP model enables workers to communicate in extreme noise environments up to 120 dB.
The Sensear system was developed by Professors Sven Nordholm (left) and Kevin Fynn of Curtin University,Perth WA. Their research work into ‘high noise communication devices’ to help hearing impaired people working in noisy work places. The technology has been commercialised through the company Sensear, which has markets high noise communication devices that allow workers to communicate in noisy environments. A $358,000 Australian Research Council (ARC) will allow Curtin researchers to develop Sensear products to assist people with hearing loss. As Sensear’s Chief Scientist, Sven Nordholm is a Professor in Telecommunications at Curtin University and Research Director of the Signal Processing Laboratory at the Western Australian Telecommunications Research Institute (WATRI). Sven is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities in the field of microphone arrays and digital signal processing.
Sensear devices offer a total high noise communication solution by enabling users to communicate face to face, short range (50 meters) and via connection to two-way radio Bluetooth cell phone, DECT systems for long distance communication. Sensear devices are available in Smart Muff (SM) and ultra light Smart Plug (SP) form factors. The Muff range is available with helmet mount and behind the neck versions. Sensear has also recently launched the Smart Double Protection Smart Muff that delivers communication capability in extreme noise environments and the new IS Smart Muff that delivers a total communication solution in hazardous environments where Intrinsically Safe certifications are required.
These devices are now being used by leading WA companies in mining, aviation, manufacturing and construction. They are also being used throughout the world by some of the worlds leading companies to solve their high noise communication challenges.
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Ref: Shaun Ratcliff “Curtin thinking sound” Curtain News Date: 29 June 2010 13:54 PM
Photos Courtesy Sensear Pty Ltd Perth