About this project
Music lovers often feel as if they have to choose between protecting their ears and enjoying the full range of acoustics at a concert or club. But what if you could enjoy the full spectrum of sound at reduced decibel levels?
With the future of music in mind, we created a revolutionary in-ear protection solution that is designed to allow good sound in, while keeping damaging sound out. Say goodbye to harmful levels of noise with no distortion of sound or quality.
Using high quality medical grade composite plastics instead of traditional foam, EAROS ONE filters and reduces sound levels using its patent pending Soundbore design. The full spectrum of sound passes through to your inner ear but at reduced decibel levels, protecting your sensitive hearing from accumulating damage and even hearing loss.
Designed with comort in mind, the EAROS ONE was designed with left and right orientation; a revolutionary new product feature that's a first in the market. With traits such as soft concha tabs for a more secure fit, EAROS ONE fits users of various size needs. Its patent pending design uses a resonant Soundbore that carries audio to the ear for excellent sound fidelity.
Traditional foam earplugs muffle and distort sound quality. On the other hand, EAROS ONE is composed of a dense plastic that uniquely balances frequency attenuation with frequency boost to provide realistic sound perception.
EAROS ONE attenuates enough to protect hearing and no more - we expect an average of 25 dB attenuation. This comes from the deeper fit as allowed by a left and right orientation and the two different size tips. A better fit equals superior protection and comfort.
- 85 Decibels (dB) - the "Action Level" where hearing protection is required.
- 90 dB - the OSHA, 8 hour average exposure limit.
- 100 dB - exposures longer than 15 minutes are not recommended.
- 110 dB - regular exposure of more than 1 minute risks permanent hearing loss.
EAROS’ accompanying app works with your smartphone to test the sound levels of your environment to see whether or not the sound level is at a potentially damaging decibel level.
This sound analysis technology will let you know whether or not you need to use your EAROS ONE to protect your hearing. If needed, you can simply put in your EAROS and enjoy fidelity of audio — without damaging your ears. The app will also let you know how long you can stay in a venue while remaining safe for your hearing.
Attenuation of the EAROS ONE earplug. All sounds are reduced, with the patent pending Soundbore providing a resonant peak in the 3000 Hz region to facilitate speech communication in noisy environments.
An “acoustical hangover” is the familiar unpleasant ringing sensation in your ears that can last for hours after you’ve spent some time in a noisy environment. That noise isn’t just annoying - it can actually be indicative that serious damage has been done to your hearing.
Many earplugs are not inserted correctly, which leaves the ear vulnerable to hearing damage. We worked with leading ear scientist Dr. Wayne Staab, acoustical engineer John Aceti, acoustic consultants from Acentech, and the head of the MIT Acoustical Engineering Department, Prof. Richard Lyon. All of these experts have an intimate understanding of the ear so that we could design a product that WORKS!
It is designed to be easy to insert and also fit comfortably and securely. This way, you get custom-quality sound attenuation and comfort — without the price tag to match.
Ronnie Madra, the founder and inventor of EAROS, has always loved music, spending his youth in clubs and concerts and working as a DJ. Now he is the owner of many famous international night clubs like 1OAK and Up & Down, that host some of biggest parties around the world. But when a constant ringing developed in his ears, he grew concerned.
He saw a doctor and got a concerning diagnosis: he had tinnitus. He had custom ear plugs developed, which fit well enough, but were expensive and unsightly.
After a friend asked him if he was wearing a hearing aid, he knew there had to be a better solution out there.
For those who love music and the social experience of going to shows, festivals, and concerts, music isn’t just sound — it’s a whole lifestyle. Fashion is a key part of that lifestyle as well, and we all know we’re much less likely to wear something if it makes us feel uncomfortable or awkward. That’s why we designed EAROS ONE to be sleek and stylish, so that music lovers will actually feel confident and cool wearing EAROS ONE. Remember — if you begin to experience hearing issues or loss, you’re not only risking your hearing health, but your passions and lifestyle as well.
His vision was simple and gimmick-free: just a sleek, cool looking in-ear solution that protects hearing just as much as it protects the quality of sound. Many concert goers and clubbers shy away from protecting their hearing due to aesthetics and fear of ruining the sound experience.
EAROS ONE is composed of multiple materials to create the perfect sound and fit, with no batteries required. Unlike most other earplugs, EAROS has a left and right side version, since your left and right ears are different. It has a soft concha tab for secure fit and comfort, as well as an internal Soundbore for high fidelity music with attenuated sound levels. There are both small and large soft tips for a more optimal fit and snug placement.
It’s taken us three years to develop the EAROS solution that would meet all of our criteria. We had to balance our desire for a comfortable and sleek product with technology that ensured high quality audio and outstanding hearing protection.
Risks and challenges
EAROS ONE has been a huge investment of our time and resources. We’ve spent over two years developing and testing EAROS ONE, putting in many long hours because we have a vision that this product can improve and change people’s lives. We’ve spent hours of our time with no guarantees of a return on our investment. However, because we’re so passionate about bringing this product to the world, we know the risk will pay off, and the reward will be worth the countless hours.
The challenge is that we lack the capital to bring this product to market right away - which is where you come in. We know that other music lovers have been waiting for a solution that’ll protect both their hearing and the quality of the music they love. Crowdfunding is a way to bring this powerful technology into people’s lives and make hearing protection look and sound good at a price people can actually afford to pay.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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