EarDial - The Invisible Smart Earplugs for Live Music
The World's Most Discreet High-Fidelity Hearing Protection with Companion Mobile App. Compact Aluminium Case Included.
"While normal earplugs may look kind of silly, the more stylish and informative EarDials might encourage concert-goers to protect their ears" - Mashable
"EarDial has modernized the old ear plugs to protect your ears from loudness" - VentureBeat
"Some of the best earplugs there are in the market" - Beyond The Stage
"EarDial without a doubt a concert-goers best friend" - Major HiFi
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Why You Need EarDial
If you ever came home with ringing in your ears after attending a loud event, that’s called tinnitus, and although that probably went away, you damaged a certain percentage of your hearing cells permanently. Tinnitus can be permanent (and extremely annoying), and together with NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss), they are diseases worryingly growing among young people.
The WHO (World Health Organization) did a study in middle and high-income countries, and they found that nearly 40% of all teenagers and young adults put themselves at risk for NIHL with damaging volumes at entertainment venues. That’s a lot of young people who might permanently damage their ears. Once lost, hearing cannot be restored.
Experts agree that long exposure to levels of sound over 85 dB can cause hearing loss. Most clubs and concerts are over 100 dB. The maximum safe-time without protection at that level is around 15 minutes! If you enjoy attending clubs, concerts, or other loud events, you need to protect your hearing.
The freebie foam ear plugs that you get in some venues, would protect your hearing, but they would also block some of the sound frequencies that we want to enjoy when listening music. Traditional “musician” ear plugs usually have some color and stick out of your ear which makes you “look funny”.
That’s why we created EarDial. The comfortable and discreet hearing protection specially designed for loud music environments.
EarDial is perfect for music-lovers, party-goers, DJs, musicians, bartenders, bouncers, and anyone that wants to hear clearly and safely in a loud music event. It’s also perfect for other loud social events, like sport events, or cinemas.
EarDial has a high fidelity (Hi-Fi) noise filter, that will block the harmful decibels without sacrificing sound quality. You will be able to enjoy the music and chat with your friends while protecting your hearing. In fact, our earplugs will enhance the music experience to most people, because they remove the ear-pain factor from the loud music.
Our design is as discreet as possible. We made it low-profile, so it doesn’t stick out of your ear, but it is still easy to put and remove.
We use a high-transparency color for both the silicone and the filter, so when you put them in your ear, they take the tone of your skin and are almost invisible.
This is how they look in your ear:
This is how we compare to other transparent ear plugs for music:
We made them out of hypoallergenic silicone, so it will be nice to your skin no matter how sensitive it is. Also the silicone is very soft, so you can wear them comfortably for long hours.
The elasticity of the silicone make your earplugs very resistant and you will be able to reuse them for many years, most likely forever!
Our exclusive earwax protection will protect the precision filter so you will have your ear plugs clean and with a clear sound for longer.
You will also get a compact aluminium case with your earplugs. This case is small and with a strong lobster clasp, perfect to put in your keychain or pocket and carry with you comfortably at all times. You will have your earplugs ready to be used even in unexpected situations.
The aluminium case has an easy to open and close cap, so you can use it, even if you had a few drinks, without the risk of stripping the thread.
In the aluminium case there is also a plastic storage tray that let you store and take out your earplugs easy and safely, reducing the risk of losing them in the middle of the dance floor.
By the way, all plastics we use are PET, which is a non-toxic, recyclable material, that won’t release any chemicals, which means they can be in contact with your earplugs and skin safely.
Look how our compact case compare to others:
We developed a companion mobile app that will tell you the approximate sound level pressure you are currently exposed to, and it will tell you how long you can stay at that level without risk of hearing loss.
You can compare the results if you are wearing EarDial earplugs or not.
When you activate the EarDial switch, it will adjust the calculations based on the EarDial attenuation levels.
You have inside more information about the decibel (dB) scale, the noise dose formula, attenuation standards, and more.
Here is a demo of the app in use:
And here a demo of the results compared with a professional Sound Level Meter:
It will be available for iOS and Android (it is not published yet). You will just need to search “eardial” in your app store. Totally free of charge. Useful even if you are not an owner of EarDial earplugs!
We are on a mission to bring awareness and let people enjoy loud social events, while protecting their hearing against NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss) and Tinnitus. We'll donate 5% of our profits to charities like Dangerous Decibels or Action on Hearing Loss.
When you support EarDial, you are also supporting a good cause.
People Love EarDial
We made a small run with a prototype, just to test our concept, and we already got some glowing reviews! We are looking forward to hear the reviews for the new improved version!
Do you want to distribute EarDial?
That’s great! and you are in luck, because we designed EarDial to be distributor friendly. We want to see EarDial in venues, festivals, bars, shops, markets or kiosks, and we designed our packaging to make your job easier.
Same size as a cigarette box: We made the EarDial box exactly the same dimensions as a standard cigarette box, which means it could be easily distributed via cigarette vending machines, cigarette racks, or any other vending machine.
Removable hanger hole: It has a light-weight hanger hole so it can be put in display hooks. If not necessary, the hanger can hide inside the box.
PDQ Box Pack: As a distributor you will receive a PDQ (Product Displayed Quickly) box with 20 EarDial boxes. You can simply open the box and put it in a table, counter, bar or rack ready to sell.
To order multiple units, simply choose the Kickstarter Special reward but pledge the amount for the units that you want. We will send you as many units as you pledged for. For example, if you wanted 3 units you would multiply £19 x 3, so you would pledge £57. As 2 units is a very popular request, we created a reward with that (you know, for the people who don't read all the content).
Risks and challenges
Status of the project:
We have a working prototype for both the earplugs and the app.
We have worked for months with our manufacturer to produce the injection mold needed to create the silicone part of the earplugs, and it's basically ready for mass production. We are now waiting for different filter samples to test in real live music environment and decide which one is best, and submit for testing and certification. We are working with one of the best testing laboratories in Germany, and they just need us to send them the final samples.
The carrying case doesn't need custom mold, and the manufacturing process is very simple once we make the order.
The carrying case tray and packaging box for the earplugs has been already produced in mass when we did our proof of concept. We have a few improvements in our new design but we expect our printer to be able to execute without problems as they did last time.
For distributors, we still need to design the distributor pack, but it's a standard box that our printer produced in the past for other clients.
The app functions properly in both iOS and Android, but since we won't be able to test every model in the market, and every phone might receive slightly different sound signal depending on factors that we can't control, like how old or damaged is your microphone, we need to add a calibration section, so the users can adjust if needed. This is a quite simple implementation though. We have developed apps in the past and we are already approved as developers in both the Apple App Store and in Google Play.
For delivery, we are currently working with an award winning warehouse in the UK that will ship internationally in a professional and timely manner.
We are aware that the timeline for delivery in December is quite optimistic, but it's possible. We will do our best to deliver before Christmas because EarDial is the perfect present to any music-loving friend. Only if everything goes as expected we will be able to meet this deadline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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