The award honors people and organizations that implement effective practices or innovations to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus among workers exposed to noise hazards.
The U.S. Army created earbuds that dampen sounds that can damage hearing while simultaneously allowing soldiers to hear in-person and radio communications. Soldiers can hear gunshots and estimate their direction, but sound-canceling technology keeps the noise level in a safe range.
“Along with celebrating the 10th year for the Safe-in-Sound awards, we look forward to honoring this year's recipient,” NIOSH Director John Howard said in a Feb. 15 press release. “The U.S. Army's [TCAPS] has demonstrated initiative and innovation in developing and maintaining state-of-the-art hearing protection devices for infantry soldiers and leads the way in preventing work-related hearing loss.”