New VeriPRO Technology from Howard Leight Measures Real-World Attenuation of Earplugs


New VeriPRO™ Technology From Howard Leight Measures Real-World Attenuation of Earplugs

• Works with any earplug, provides results in minutes
• Enhances hearing conservation program effectiveness
• Unique technology in Europe
• Will be introduced for the 1st time during French show ExpoProtection (4 – 7 November 2008)

VeriPRO™ technology just introduced by Howard Leight now makes it possible for safety managers to ensure employees are getting the most out of their hearing protection devices. Developed in conjunction with the House Ear Institute (www.hei.org) in the United States, VeriPRO measures real-world attenuation of unmodified earplugs and can be used as a means to improve individual employee training and enhance the overall effectiveness of hearing conservation programs.
"VeriPRO makes it easy to get an accurate, real-world assessment of employees' earplug fit, which is essential to achieving adequate attenuation," said Brad Witt, Audiology and Regulatory Affairs Manager for Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC. "VeriPRO provides an excellent tool to improve both individual training, which studies have shown to be the most effective means of improving earplug attenuation, and overall hearing conservation program effectiveness."

VeriPRO consists of software and an optimized headset, and utilizes a three-part process to determine the effectiveness of an employee's earplug fit over a range of frequencies. The result, known as a Personal Attenuation Rating (PAR), identifies the actual protection an employee receives from his or her earplug in each ear. "This allows safety managers to determine if their employees are receiving optimal protection, require additional training on how to fit their earplugs, or need to try a different model" said Nathalie Viallix, Marcom Director MBU EMEA Hearing protection, SPERIAN.

VeriPRO benefits both safety managers and employees alike. For the safety manager, it fulfills European Directive 2003/10/EC requirements for training. For employees, VeriPRO demonstrates the importance of hearing protection in the workplace, and helps employees select and compare protectors to find the best choice for their ears and specific applications.

Unlike other field verification systems, VeriPRO can be used with any earplug, and performed in virtually any setting. VeriPRO offers two test protocols. The Complete Check runs employees through five frequencies to determine PAR and is recommended for annual use. The Quick Check is a simplified test of earplug fit at one frequency, used as a fast and easy pass/fail check for more frequent use. VeriPRO also includes short training videos on how to properly fit Howard Leight® earplugs. Employee results are captured and stored in the program, and can be analyzed to determine program trends.

The VeriPRO package consists of PC-based software, an audiometrically optimized headset, audio processor, QuickStart guide and USB cable.


About Howard Leight
From its beginning as a one-man operation more than 30 years ago, Howard Leight 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 earplugs and bands, ranging from the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug, to SmartFit's® Conforming Material Technology™, which delivers a more personalized fit, to our convenient Leight® Source dispensers. Utilizing Bilsom® Technology, Howard Leight earmuffs raise the bar on innovative design, performance and comfort, with some 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

About Sperian Protection
The Bacou-Dalloz Group has changed its name and is now Sperian Protection. The Sperian Protection Group operates across all 5 continents, employing 6,000 people and counts 31 units of production. Sperian Protection is listed on the Eurolist market of the Euronext stock exchange in Paris and is eligible for the SRD (Monthly Settlement Service).

The Sperian Protection Group designs and manufactures its own products. It offers a complete range of equipment using the brand names of Sperian, Howard Leight by Sperian and Miller by Sperian, for the safety of people in the work place regarding head protection (eye/face, hearing and respiratory), body protection (clothing, gloves and shoes), and fall protection. This equipment is at the cutting-edge of technology and meets all current standards, while combining comfort and design. The Sperian Protection Group provides “head-to-toe protection for people” in all sectors of activity (general industry, building and public works, telecommunications, medical, public services, civil protection, petrochemical, welding, forestry and parks, etc), across a worldwide network of partner distributors.

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