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Kids love water - surfing, swimming or playing around in the water with friends. But did you know that nearly four out of ten kids suffer from pain or discomfort in their ears during water activities? Even worse - serious problems like recurring ear inflammations, bone growth in the ear canal and potential hearing loss, could be just a few years away?

More importantly, did you know that you can help your children prevent these issues by ensuring they wear ear plugs?

The problem with most ear plugs is that they reduce your ability to hear and communicate with people around you, which is why a lot of kids won’t wear them. This is why we created JUNIOR - an ear plug specifically developed for children, keeping their ears safe while being able to hear, speak and enjoy their time in water.

By reducing exposure to water in the ear canal, JUNIOR helps minimize the risk of future ear problems.

   

Built with our proven and patent pending technology from SurfEars and SwimEars, JUNIOR ear plugs share all the great benefits but fits in smaller ears. 

We're offering JUNIOR in two sizes to accommodate a wider age range. Size SMALL is recommended for children between age 3-6 while size MEDIUM is suitable for most children age 7-12. More detailed information about sizes is available further down on this page.

    

 

By sharing this project you will help us protect ears of thousands of children around the world, while giving them a better experience in the water!

 

    

     

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JUNIOR ear plugs come pre-assembled in a pair of your selected size, with the safety cord readily attached. We’re also including a handy storage pouch and carabiner to keep your plugs safe, clean and always close by. All you need to do is open the package, plug and go play!

         

JUNIOR is built with our proven, patent pending technology from SurfEars and SwimEars, leaders in ear protection for water sports and used by thousands of surfers and swimmers around the world.

The acoustic mesh is made from polyester filaments only a few microns thick and woven to a fabric finer than silk. Microscopic pores together with hydrophobically coated fibers ensure the mesh is both dust and water proof, keeping your kid’s ears safe from the elements. With its open structure, air and sound waves can flow freely through the mesh, providing a better hearing experience than any other ear plug on the market.

The human ear is designed to naturally amplify frequencies around 2-4 kHz, i.e. human speech. When using ear plugs in general you fill out the void in your outer ear and remove most of this natural amplification. You’ll notice this as the surrounding sounds becoming muffled and unclear. With close to zero attenuation at 2-4 kHz, JUNIOR's acoustic core is designed to partly restore these ”lost” frequencies, resulting in clearer hearing and easier communication for your child.

         

We're offering JUNIOR in two sizes to accommodate a wider age range. Size SMALL is recommended for children between age 3-6 while size MEDIUM is suitable for most children age 7-12.

With ear sizes varying from child to child, the suggested age range for each of the product's sizes should be used as guide, but it isn’t an exact science. If you’re uncertain about which size to choose for your child, you can try to measure the opening of the ear canal, and compare with the size chart below.

  

 

   

    

 

      

    

Developing new products is an intense, costly and highly time consuming activity. Kickstarter is a great platform to take in early feedback from potential customers, making sure we’re on the right track and helping us validate if there’s enough people wanting to buy our products, before we spend the big bucks and start production. We encourage all our backers to come with comments, ideas and suggestions on our products. There’s always room for improvement and our continuous mission is to deliver the the best possible products for you.

  

We’re Ear Labs and in 2014 we launched our first product, SurfEars, on Kickstarter. The world’s first ear plug to protect your ears without affecting your hearing, SurfEars has been a huge hit among surfers around the world. Today we’re selling in more than 30 countries and 1000 stores world wide and customers love our products. With our current products focusing on adults, we thought it was time to do something for the future generation of water athletes - our children

Our team has extensive background in design and development of consumer electronics, and acoustic products in particular. Collectively we have more than 25 years of experience working in big companies like Nokia, Sony and Samsung. We have the knowhow and network, tools and processes in place to take products to market on time and at the right quality. 

We’re working closely with Frankly and Howl, Europe’s leading agencies within design and development of consumer products, providing access to world class product designers and engineers and allowing us to scale our team and competencies on demand.

 

Risks and challenges

With years of experience in project management, design and manufacturing of consumer products, we know the processes well and also the risks involved. We have launched two successful Kickstarters in the past and always delivered our products on time.

Check our previous campaign here:
SurfEars https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/608448165/surfears
SwimEars https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/franklyconsulting/swimearstm-let-sound-in-keep-water-out

Some of the challenges we're facing going forward are:

Production & supplier management
Making a working prototype is one thing but manufacturing a product in large volumes is another. Unexpected issues do pop up every now and then with risk of adding cost and causing delays in production.

With a background in companies like Nokia and Sony our team is used to handle large scale projects, literally managing production lines churning out several hundred thousand products per week. We have the tools and processes in place to manage quality, timely deliveries and we have the experience to solve any potential surprises down the road.

Shipping
With previous experience from retail we know how much work it takes and how hard it is to manage world wide shipments without eating up too much profit while ensuring timely deliveries to our customers.

We are working with Shipwire and use their strategically located warehouses to ensure great local service with global reach. This setup gives us full control over shipments to a reasonable cost manageable effort.

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    JOIN OUR AMAZING COMMUNITY

    Support us and join our community of water athletes on their amazing and often crazy missions around planet earth. You'll receive mind blowing images, videos and travel stories first hand for as long as you like. We'll also make sure to keep you up to date about this campaign. We're so stoked it's ON!

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    LAUNCH DAY SPECIAL - 24H LIMITED OFFER

    VALID DAY 1 ONLY!
    By supporting our campaign this very first day, we'll go above and beyond to ensure you're one of the first people in the world to receive JUNIOR Ear Plugs when available.
    To show our gratitude, you'll also get your name permanently inscripted on our digital wall of fame, proudly displayed at surfears.com.
    Taking part of this special offer you'll save a full 30% off retail price 50$.

    Free worldwide shipping (~$15-30 additional value included), only on Kickstarter!

    You’ll be able to select size (S or M) of your JUNIOR ear plugs with a survey we’ll send out once our Kickstarter campaign is done. More info on product size further down on this page.

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD

    Being one of the very first people in the world to support our campaign, we'll make sure you're one of the first to receive JUNIOR Ear Plugs when available.
    Our Super Early Bird offer will save you 20% off retail price 50$.

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    EARLY BIRD

    Missed our Super Early Bird deal? Don't worry. Taking part in our Early Bird offer you'll do a great deal and still get high priority once we start shipping.
    Our Early Bird offer will save you 10% off retail price 50$.

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    SINGLE SET - KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

    Buying a set of JUNIOR ear plugs through our Kickstarter campaign you'll not only be getting prioritized and free worldwide shipping. More importantly, you'll be helping us on our mission in protecting the ears of thousands of children around the world, while also giving them a much better experience in the water!

    Free worldwide shipping (~$15-30 additional value included), only on Kickstarter!

    You’ll be able to select size (S or M) of your JUNIOR ear plugs with a survey we’ll send out once our Kickstarter campaign is done. More info on product size further down on this page.

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    TWIN PACK - KICKSTARTER SPECIAL

    Got two kids? A surf mate or swim buddy?

    Order two sets of JUNIOR ear plugs and save 20% off retail price. By supporting our Kickstarter campaign you'll not only be getting prioritized and free worldwide shipping. More importantly, you'll be helping us on our mission in protecting the ears of thousands of children around the world, while also giving them a much better experience in the water!

    Free worldwide shipping (~$15-30 additional value included), only on Kickstarter!

    You’ll be able to select size (S or M) of your JUNIOR ear plugs with a survey we’ll send out once our Kickstarter campaign is done. More info on product size further down on this page.

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    PARENT COMBO - SURFING

    Surfing mom or dad?

    Order a set of JUNIOR ear plugs together with a set of SurfEars ear plugs and save 20% off retail price. By supporting our Kickstarter campaign you'll not only be getting prioritized and free worldwide shipping. More importantly, you'll be helping us on our mission in protecting the ears of thousands of children around the world, while also giving them a much better experience in the water!

    Free worldwide shipping (~$15-30 additional value included), only on Kickstarter!

    You’ll be able to select size (S or M) of your JUNIOR ear plugs with a survey we’ll send out once our Kickstarter campaign is done. More info on product size further down on this page.
    SurfEars come with exchangeable ear buds (3 sizes) and wings (2 sizes) and will accommodate most sizes of adult ears.

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    PARENT COMBO - SWIMMING

    Mom or dad a swimmer?

    Order a set of JUNIOR ear plugs together with a set of SwimEars ear plugs and save 20% off retail price. By supporting our Kickstarter campaign you'll not only be getting prioritized and free worldwide shipping. More importantly, you'll be helping us on our mission in protecting the ears of thousands of children around the world, while also giving them a much better experience in the water!

    Free worldwide shipping (~$15-30 additional value included), only on Kickstarter!

    You’ll be able to select size (S or M) of your JUNIOR ear plugs with a survey we’ll send out once our Kickstarter campaign is done. More info on product size further down on this page.
    SwimEars come with exchangeable ear buds (3 sizes) and wings (2 sizes) and will accommodate most sizes of adult ears.

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    FIVE PACK

    Big family? Many surf mates or swim buddies?

    Ordering five sets of JUNIOR ear plugs you'll be saving a full 25% off retail price. By supporting our Kickstarter campaign you'll not only be getting prioritized and free worldwide shipping. More importantly, you'll be helping us on our mission in protecting the ears of thousands of children around the world, while also giving them a much better experience in the water!

    Free worldwide shipping (~$15-30 additional value included), only on Kickstarter!

    You’ll be able to select size (S or M) of your JUNIOR ear plugs with a survey we’ll send out once our Kickstarter campaign is done. More info on product size further down on this page.

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