05.15.08

Howard Leight Introduces Impact Sport Ultraslim Sound Amplification Earmuffs

Smithfield, RI -- Howard Leight has introduced a new ultraslim sound amplification earmuff specifically designed for use in intermittent and impact noise environments. Impact™ Sport sound amplification earmuffs incorporate high-tech patented electronics that amplify ambient sounds up to a safe 82 dBA, while at the same time providing NRR 22 protection against hazardous noise. This allows wearers to stay connected with their environment while their hearing is protected.

"Impact Sport provides users with the best of both worlds," said Renee Bessette, COHC, Marketing Manager for Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC. "It allows users to hear what's going on around them--including co-workers, signals and alarms--while still providing needed protection from hazardous noise. In fact, Impact Sport is ideal for those who are exposed to intermittent or impact sounds, such as supervisors or visitors on tour of a facility."

Designed for increased comfort during long-term wear, Impact Sport earmuffs feature a padded leatherette headband that is easily adjustable for a secure, non-slip fit. Ultraslim earcups eliminate the bulk of traditional electronic earmuffs, enhancing comfort over the work day. A convenient folding design allows easy storage in a pocket or in a belt storage case, available separately. Snap-in ear cushions make replacement quick and easy and also help extend the life of Impact Sport.

But the key to Impact Sport's success is in its patented ambient sound amplification technology. For protection, Impact Sport actively "listens" and automatically stops amplifying when ambient sound reaches 82 dB, well under the OSHA 85 dBA Action Level. Sounds below that level are picked up by built-in directional microphones and amplified up to a safe 82 dB, providing more natural hearing and enhancing communication.

Impact Sport also utilizes Bilsom® Technology's patented Air Flow Control™ to further improve protection. A specially designed baseplate chamber and high-tech non-woven layer manage the flow of air inside the earmuff to control how sound reaches the ear. The result is better, more consistent overall attenuation in virtually all noise environments.

Impact Sport includes an AUX input jack to allow connection to an external MP3 player or other audio device. Internal electronics operate for up to 350 hours with two AAA batteries (included), and the unit automatically shuts off after 4 hours.

Since its beginnings as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight by Sperian has grown into one of the largest global manufacturers of hearing protectors in the industrial market and the recognized innovator in protection and people-oriented fit. Howard Leight offers the widest variety of hearing protection devices and technology, ranging from the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug, to SmartFit® earplugs with Conforming Material Technology--which delivers a more personalized fit--to VeriPRO™, the new industry-changing fit verification system for hearing protectors. Utilizing Bilsom® Technology, Howard Leight earmuffs raise the bar on innovative design, performance and comfort, with features like padded wire headbands, high-visibility designs, unique sound management technologies and multi-level attenuation options. Visit Howard Leight online at http://www.howardleight.com

With nearly 6000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is resolutely geared towards international markets. The world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear), the Group offers innovative products adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence. Sperian Protection is listed on Euronext's Eurolist and on the SBF120.


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