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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