Noise Safety Inventors Recognized by DOL

Workplace noise could soon be less of a safety hazard due to inventors recently honored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Three inventors were recognized October 27 for their ideas to reduce work-related hearing loss during the first ‘Hear and Now – Noise Safety Challenge’ hosted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mine Safety and Health Administration, in partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The challenge was launched with the dual goals of inspiring creative ideas and raising business awareness of the market for workplace safety innovation. Ten finalists, selected from 28 submissions to, were invited to Washington, D.C., to present their solutions to reduce workplace-induced hearing loss.

The award recipients are:

  • Nick Laperle and Jeremie Voix  (1st place) for their custom-fitted earpiece designed to provide a worker with protection, communication, and monitoring.
  • Brendon Dever (2nd place) for a wearable sensor technology that affixes to glasses or protective equipment such as hardhats. The sensor detects noise levels and provides warnings and other communications via color-coded lights.
  • Madeline Bennett (3rd place) for an interchangeable decorative piece that attaches to silicone earplugs. The attachments are manufactured with licensed designs for sports teams, businesses, or music festivals.

For more information and pictures, please visit the DOL Hear and Now webpage.


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