Army’s Smart Earplug Damps Explosive Noise, But Can Enhance Whispers

June 3, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

HEALTH NEWS FROM NPR

Heard on  Morning Edition

 

Since 2014, the U.S. Army has gradually been deploying the latest version of a hearing protection system that protects users from loud noises while still letting them hear the world around them.

The system is called TCAPS — Tactical Communication and Protective System — and about 20,000 of the new TCAPS devices have been deployed in the field so far.

Hearing loss is a big problem in the military. According to Defense Department statistics, more than half of all troops returning from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from some sort of damage to their hearing.

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