“This event was an innovative way for government to help better protect workers from job-related hearing loss by connecting the entrepreneurial community with inventors developing solutions,” Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels says in a news release.
First place went to Nick Laperle and Jeremie Voix for their custom-fitted earpiece designed to provide a worker with protection, communication, and monitoring.
Second place went to Brandon Dever for wearable sensors that attach to glasses or protective equipment to detect noise levels and provide warnings and other communications via color-coded lights.
Third place was awarded to Madeline Bennett for an interchangeable decorative piece that attaches to silicone earplugs, which are manufactured with licensed designs for sports teams, businesses, or music festivals.
Additional information and pictures are available on the ‘DOL Hear and Now’ webpage.