How Comply™ Foam Takes Joe Ridler to the Top of the World

A roaring turboprop plane ascends above the clouds. Thousands of feet—above the birds, above the skyscrapers, straight to the top of the world. The ripping of the engine shakes the flying tin can as one man sits inside the cabin preparing for the descent of a lifetime. Clad in a suit akin to the spread of a flying squirrel, Joe Ridler, wingsuit athlete, plugs in his Comply earbuds, secures his helmet and prepares to deploy.

As a wingsuit athlete, Ridler encounters a lot of noise. Imagine cruising down the Autobahn. Once the speedometer strikes 150 miles per hour, you roll down the window and stick your head out in the elements. The howl of the wind wrapping around you is deafening. You can’t even hear yourself scream (because of course you scream when this happens, right?). That’s the sound Ridler meets face to face with at every jump—overwhelming wind noise with every descent.

Success and safety for Joe relies on his ability to hear beyond the wind. So, how does he do it? Sound salvation came to Joe as two small memory foam earbuds. A solution so simple, he’s mad he didn’t think of it sooner.

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The Noise Isolation Every Aerial Competitor Needs

Some might think soaring through the sky in a winged suit simply requires the ability to navigate at Mach speeds via the nuances of your foot or hand. However, Ridler’s success in competition truly relies on his ability to hear subtle audio coming from his altimeter. Through varying beeps and tones, the altimeter and other devices sounding within his helmet alert Ridler that he’s entering competition zones as well as tell him how high he’s flying. Missing a single beep could mean the difference in deploying his canopy on time and deploying it too late.

The wind, however, crowds Joe’s valuable ear space. The sound of the environment inherently makes subtle audio tones incredibly difficult to identify. The constant question of, “Was that a beep or wasn’t it?” left Joe focusing on sound quality instead of, you know, everything else you need to pay attention to when soaring thousands of feet above the ground. This battle with a noisy environment compromised his safety, forcing him to finally seek a safe alternative.

The wafer-like audio tech most wingsuit athletes rely on don’t cut it. Their shape and how they sit on top of the ear instead of within the canal allows even subtle ambient noise to cloud critical audio. Ridler tested earphone after earphone on his quest to find a set that could compete with the wind. After amassing an impressive mound of rejects, he turned to a brand he knew he could trust; Comply Foam.

Joe had already been using Comply’s earphone tip replacements in his day-to-day life. His commutes to and from work in Chicago grew unbearably noisy when he’d cross under the EL. Once he popped on a set of Comply Isolation Series tips, the train rumbling overhead wasn’t heard from again. Realizing the potential of these bad boys on his aerial excursions was an “AHA moment” for Joe. It was time to take complete and utter sound isolation from the city streets to the great blue skies.

Who Said Earphones Can’t Be Heroes?

The difference between pre- and post-Comply earbud eras was monumental. Before Comply, Ridler had experienced the pains of not being able to hear his altimeter’s crucial tones and alerts. Since implementing Isolation Series foam tips, he’s left his hesitation at the door. He now flies with full confidence that Comply will ensure he can hear the sound he needs to and not the sound he doesn’t.

Specific to wingsuit competitions, the enhanced sound provided by memory foam earbud tips let Ridler know when the game was on. That is, once his airplane soars into the competition window, he’s signaled to begin his wingsuit flight via an audio alert. Miss this signal and your competition suffers tremendously (i.e., you lose).

Additionally, Comply’s tips helped Ridler gain confidence while in the sky. Instead of being mentally distracted and second-guessing the existence of a sounding tone or not, he is now able to focus on the task at hand. By getting out of his head and leaving the worry of wind noise and phantom audio behind, Joe expertly filters out the environment and hones in on having a successful flight. Plus, since these tips work to isolate sound in every environment, Joe pops them in for every ascent to avoid losing his hearing to the blaring whir of propellers and plane engines.

The Tech Behind Sound Isolation

Your ear canal is an ever-changing piece of anatomy. The shape and opening of your ear canal depends on your weight, age and level of hydration, and it changes as you open and close your jaw. Standard silicone rubber earphones sit statically, resting in your ear carelessly. The gaps between your ear and the ill-fitting rubber leak sound and let the outside world in. Comply knew that earphones could be better, more dynamic and exactly what music needs.

Noise-isolating earbud tips don’t just happen overnight. Developing a replacement tip that could trap in superior audio while simultaneously blocking out the white noise of the world took years of research and development to perfect. The ideal culmination of proprietary viscoelastic memory foam and ergonomic design resulted in a foam tip that creates the perfect seal around your ear canal. Activated by body heat, Comply developed Isolation Series earbuds to sit securely in your ear—exactly where it belongs.

Thick memory foam plays a critical role in isolating sound. The walls of each foam tip supply you with twice as much decibel reduction as compared with silicone rubber earbud tips, allowing you to listen at safer volumes, too. This decibel reduction in conjunction with a glove-tight fit makes Isolation Series foam tips the ideal solution for those who need to hear the audio they’re piping in without it being bogged down by ambient sound.

Hear What Matters

Sometimes you need to hear what’s piping through your earphones. In the case of accomplished wingsuit athlete Joe Ridler, his audio is what he counts on to compete with confidence and stay safe. Even if your audio isn’t your lifeline, you still deserve to hear every thud of the bass or tweet of the amp. Comply’s Isolation Series foam tips finally make it possible for you to get lost in your music—or stay focused on soaring through the sky. Have your own “AHA moment”; have a taste of total noise isolation.

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4 Truly Wireless Headphones We Made Even Better

Comply Foam Truly Wireless Premium Earphone Tips

Unless you were born after the spook of Y2K or have been living on a remote desert island for the past 20 years, you’ve probably noticed the impressive technological advances that have been made across consumer products. Laptops are lighter and more mobile than ever, the iPod was created and has gone through more than 20 iterations, and now you can literally take a walk in virtual reality by using cardboard. As if that wasn’t topsy-turvy enough, headphones have downsized from large, metal uncomfortable muffs to discreet high-tech wireless in-ear buds.

As fantastic as it is that headphones have downsized enough to fit wirelessly within your ear canal, manufacturers of these high-tech buds haven’t perfected a critical component yet: the earphone tip.

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Be The First To Hear It: Comply™ ‘Truly Wireless’ Earphone Foam Tips

Comply Foam Truly Wireless Premium Earphone Tips

Game-changing tips featuring premium fit, noise blocking, audio and comfort are compatible with The Dash and The Headphone by Bragi, Samsung Gear IconX, Jabra Elite Sport, Motorola VerveOne and more

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Jabra Chooses Comply™ Foam Tips for High-Tech, Special-Edition Headphones

Jabra Sport Pulse with Comply Foam Tips

Jabra launches next-generation wireless headphones for sports enthusiasts with Comply™ Isolation series included as accessory for superior noise cancelation and comfort

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Here’s a Tip for Universal Audio Lovers

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Comply™ Foam launches new foam audio accessory with patented SmartCore™ technology, making it easier than ever for casual consumers to choose audio bliss at rest or at play

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Comply™ Foam Partners with Sennheiser

Oakdale, MN – Hearing Components, Inc., the manufacturer of Comply™ Premium Foam Tip products, has partnered with Sennheiser to develop a custom tip to fit specifically on the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear (MIE2), CX 3.00, and CX 5.00 earphone models. This custom Comply™ Foam tip is now available exclusively on the US Sennheiser website, with a one-pair and a three-pair pack option for $6.99 and $15.99, respectively.

To learn more about the new Comply™ Custom Sennheiser tips, please visit:
http://www.complyfoam.com/products/sennheiser-isolation

To purchase these Comply™ Custom Sennheiser tips, please visit:
http://en-us.sennheiser.com/accessories–momentum-in-ear–ear-adapter

Please note: This is the ONLY Comply™ tip that fits these Sennheiser earphone models.

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RHA Announces Partnership With Comply™ Ear Tips

April 22, 2016: RHA is proud to announce a brand and product accessories partnership with Hearing Components, Inc., manufacturer of the Comply™ brand, to supply their market-leading premium ear tips with RHA products.

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Comply™ Launches Premium In-ear Earphone Tips in India

March 2015: Comply™ has entered the Indian market in exclusive partnership with Indian distributor Ferrari Video and its retail brand Headphone Zone (www.headphonezone.in).

Complyʼs Premium Earphone Tips provide comfort and improve sound quality through memory foam. The unique breathable memory foam provides all-day comfort, while eliminating in-ear irritation and fatigue often associated with stock silicone tips. Activated by body heat, these tips expand to fit the ear canalʼs unique shape, giving the user a custom fit and remarkable in-ear retention without irritation and fatigue.

Recognizing that no single tip can address all consumersʼ desires, Hearing Components offers a full line of earphone tip styles designed to fit usersʼ lifestyles. Complyʼs Premium Earphone Tips satisfy the spectrum of user preferences for sound and comfort.

Their entire product lineup is available in India with prices ranging from Rs.399 for a Single Pair to Rs.1799 for 3 Pairs of Ear Tips.

About Headphone Zone

Comply has partnered with Indian Distributors Ferrari Video, and their retail brand Headphone Zone, to exclusively distribute and market, and offer service and support for their Accessories in India.

Founded in 2012, by Raghav Somani, Headphone Zone is India’s first exclusive Headphones and Earphones Retailer with its first store in Bangalore. A unique concept combining the best of Technology, Fashion and Style, the brand now operates in 7 retail stores in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. Recently, Headphone Zone launched India’s first exclusive Webstore for Headphones and Earphones: www.headphonezone.in. With a focus on high end premium Headphones, Earphones and Headphone Accessories, Headphone Zone aims to bring the best listening experiences from around the world to India.

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New Comply™ Sport Earphone Tips Propel Athletes Forward With Uninterrupted Comfort and Secure Fit

Comply™ Sport Plus option featuring new SweatGuard™ technology protects earphone investment without compromising performance

OAKDALE, MN. (Jan. 6, 2015) – Answering the cry from athletes of all levels for a solution to the discomfort and minor inconveniences caused by their earphones, Hearing Components has introduced a new line of earphone tips: Comply™ Sport and Sport Plus. Launched at CES 2015 (South Hall 1, booth 21054), Comply Sport and Sport Plus earphone tips are designed to fit the athlete’s lifestyle; providing secure fit and uninterrupted comfort so that they can stay focused and “in the zone.”

“Music is one of the tools that individuals use to stay focused, block out the world and propel themselves forward,” said Steve Trinter, director of sales and marketing for Hearing Components. “As athletes ourselves, we were fed up with earphones that continually fell out and developed Comply Sport as the solution.”

For users on the move, Comply Sport earphone tips deliver a custom stay-in-place fit, amazing all-day comfort and superior sound quality. The key to the fit is the body-heat activated memory foam which expands to fit the ear canal’s unique shape. The result is custom fit and remarkable in-ear retention so earphones remain snuggly in place even in the presence of moisture.

To help users protect their earphone investment, the Comply Sport Plus tips feature a sweat guard that prevents moisture from entering the earphones’ soundport. The SweatGuard™ technology incorporates an acoustically transparent filter that protects the earphone core from component corrosion and loss of sound quality caused by perspiration.

“As we see more technology integrated into the earbuds – from sensors to wireless receivers – the added weight will impact how well the earbuds stay in the ear,” explains Trinter. “Additionally, the moisture created by physical activity can seep into the earphone and cause corrosion and degradation of the electronic components. With Comply Sport Plus we’re protecting the performance of the equipment as well as the athletic experience.”

The Comply Sport and Sport Plus Earphone Tips can be purchased online at www.complyfoam.com and at major retailers in early 2015. Available in a two-pack, Sport tips are $8.95 and Sport Plus are $12.95.

For more information about the Comply™ Earphone Tips and the full line of Comply™ products visit www.complyfoam.com.

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Hearing Components Receives Grant From the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Grant of nearly $1M to fund research and innovation to preserve hearing in high noise environments

OAKDALE, Minn. (December 7th, 2014) – Hearing Components was recently awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $986,050 from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).  A research team headed by Dr. Robert Oliveira, President of Hearing Components, and William Parish, Principal Scientist at Hearing Components, received the grant.

With the incidence of hearing loss and treatment costs at an all-time high, this timely grant will help in continuing the decades-long mission of Hearing Components to preserve hearing through research on the development and use of high-attenuation foam for hearing protection.

According to Thad Olson, General Manager of Hearing Components, “Receiving the SBIR grant was a significant achievement for us. This grant allows us to accelerate our commercialization of these special foam materials in order to prevent hearing loss and improve safety and communication.  We are excited to be developing products with this technology for the industrial market as well as to protect and enhance communications for our nation’s military.”

Hearing Components was established in 1990. It specializes in unique, high-tech foam solutions for protecting and enhancing hearing. Hearing Components’ products, offered under the Comply™ brand, are used in military, industrial, audiology, and consumer electronics applications around the world.

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