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Hearing protection revolutionised with launch of health and safety product for live event, studio and home use

Hearing protection revolutionised with launch of health and safety product for live event, studio and home use
Hearing protection revolutionised with launch of health and safety product for live event, studio and home use

ISOLATE by Flare Audio Ltd is a revolutionary new, patent-pending ear protector, a long overdue solution for any music and events professional who works in loud sound environments. The ear protectors rival traditional foam or flanged ear plugs and are also ideal for home and other commercial uses. 

Launching through crowd-funding site Kickstarter, worldwide call for the product has been proved with the campaign achieving its £25,000 target within 44 hours. ISOLATE is currently rated number one in the UK and number eight in the world on Kickstarter's project popularity list. The campaign runs until August 15th 2016.

Projected to achieve 1240% of its funding goal at time of press, ISOLATE’s unique technology will be available worldwide, with KS backers being able to secure pairs ahead of general release at an introductory price.

Traditional earplugs rely on absorption to attenuate sound, which rapidly meets its limit particularly with bass frequencies. ISOLATE protectors reflect sound away from the ears and therefore achieve much greater attenuation, as they do not accept sound into the ear canal.  

Delivered with Flare’s discreet and stylish custom designed memory foam tips EARFOAMS, ISOLATE dramatically reduces sound without muffling or distortion. Live music sounds clearer, with increased detail and at safer listening levels. Ears are protected from loud noise that could otherwise damage hearing.

Live music professionals and music studio engineers will particularly appreciate the ability of ISOLATE to block very low frequencies from entering their ears. Traditional ear plugs and defenders do not block the lowest frequencies, creating a muffled sound which, as well as being unpleasant to listen to, leaves wearers feeling disconnected or even 'underwater'.

Low frequencies produce the most energy, which is only partially absorbed by the plastic or foam of traditional ear plugs. For the first time ever, ISOLATE blocks all direct sounds, including bass frequencies. ISOLATE is micro in size and so can be used anywhere to isolate your ears from unwanted noise.

The first of its kind, made from solid metal (standard aluminum or pro titanium options), the micro protectors will help protect your hearing using Flare’s unique approach, making these ear protectors a more effective and enjoyable experience than standard earplugs.

Reusable and designed for life long use, these are perfect to use anytime reduced sound levels are required, from working in concert or festival environments, during the build or the performance, or reducing unwanted noise in the studio. Elsewhere, they are ideal for blocking unwanted noise at motor sport events, during travel (train, plane or place noise), noisy working environments or simply to ensure a peaceful night’s sleep. They’re so effective they are ideal for industrial workplace environments to replace both in-ear and over-ear alternatives and will particularly help festival organisers and contractors meet their health and safety obligations.

Ringing and muffled ears, ‘the morning after the night before’ is the sound of hearing damage. Flare Audio believes that conventional plastic or foam earplugs don't work very well to protect the ears because both these materials stop some sound entering the ears but not all, especially lower frequencies. When low frequencies get past traditional ear protection, they apply an EQ to the hearing which means details are lost and the user is left in a world of booming bass and sub sonic pressure which most people can’t wait to escape from.

Traditional earplugs, particularly the standard foam ones, rely on absorption principles. Trying to absorb sound requires a large amount of material to work well. When an ear plug has less than an inch of material, the resulting small scale absorption leads to muddy/muffled audio in the high and mid frequencies, with little to no reduction in bass frequencies. With bass getting through, music is no longer enjoyable to listen to as it masks details of higher frequencies.

“Solid metal is a good conductor so it has never been considered for use as an ear protector before,” Flare explains. “But what we discovered was that, in order to conduct sound, metals need a direct connection. Without a direct connection, solid metal blocks and reflects sound perfectly. When you isolate a small piece of metal or dense material in soft foam inside your ear, sound cannot get into it through the flexible medium of air: it becomes the perfect isolator. Understanding this principle drove us to develop the perfect ear plug or ‘protector’. We wanted to revolutionise hearing protection."

ISOLATE blocks sound from entering the ears and so attenuates all frequencies. Sound is not able to conduct into the patent-pending technology that ISOLATE uses, which means that users are able to effectively turn their ears off to direct sound. The only sound you hear while using ISOLATE is from bone conduction, which results in an enjoyable and balanced experience with safe, low level sound detail, rather than the rumble and distortion created by traditional ear plugs.

“Initial in house testing of ISOLATE has yielded better attenuation than any other ear plug,” says Flare Audio founder, Davies Roberts. “Flare will release official figures when independent testing and CE certification (ANSI 13.9 for USA) is obtained later this month and we’re confident ISOLATE will far outperform the current best market offering.”

2nd August 2016

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